The Clemson Tigers not only lost the football at the very beginning of their first Chick-fil-A Bowl possession, star wide receiver Sammy Watkins also hobbled off the field with an apparent leg injury. Watkins was pummeled by imposing LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo in the backfield after taking a handoff, then had to be helped to the sideline and carted off the field with a towel over his head.
It was later announced he has an injured right ankle. X-rays were negative, but he's out for the game.
Watkins has missed time due to both suspension and injury this year. Before the game, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris talked about finally being able to install a full suite of plays for Watkins. This was to be a return to the spotlight for him, which is now highly in doubt. Despite missing three full games, he still finished the year with 808 yards from scrimmage.
LSU also quickly punched in a touchdown with the gifted field position.
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