Gifford Timothy Injury Could Knock Clemson Starter Out Of Auburn Game

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04: Head coach Dabo Swinney (C) of the Clemson Tigers gets set to lead his team onto the field against the West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia Mountaineers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Tigers could be down a potential starter on the offensive line headed into a date with Auburn in the Georgia Dome.

The Clemson Tigers could be without projected starting right tackle Gifford Timothy when they head to the Georgia Dome Sept. 1 to face Auburn. Timothy tore the meniscus in his left knee a week ago:

A meniscus tear is different from an ACL, primarily in that the latter is a season-ender, while a meniscus can be surgically repaired and rehabbed on a much shorter schedule. Sweeney told Greeneville Online on Tuesday that Timothy's recovery was going well enough that the 6-foot-6, 315 lb. tackle could possibly return to practice by the end of the week:

"He looks good – it was best-case scenario for us," Swinney said. "So far, so good, but it’ll be a daily deal. I’m hopeful that by the time we get ready for our mock game here a week from Friday, that he might be able to take some reps by then."

Timothy was used sparingly in 2011, appearing in only 45 snaps over seven games, nine of which came most recently against West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Timothy did not play against Auburn in Clemson's Sept. 17 victory over the Tigers.

For more on the Clemson Tigers, be sure to check out Clemson blog Shakin The Southland.

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