A two-game suspension and an illness sidelined Clemson wide receiver for three games already this season. Barring a major setback, Watkins shouldn’t be out for a fourth.
The Tigers’ dynamic receiver was back at practice after missing Saturday’s win over Boston College. Coach Dabo Swinney explained that a mixture of dehydration and kidney problems led to the one-game absence.
“Sammy got plenty of rest over the weekend and he should be able to play on Saturday against Georgia Tech,” Swinney said in a statement. “Apparently his problems last week were the result of dehydration, some trauma to the kidney caused by the physical nature of the Florida State game, and a virus.”
Watkins’ bloodwork has come back normal and should be good to go against Georgia Tech this weekend. He has 10 catches for 76 yards in two games on the season. In his absence, DeAndre Hopkins has stepped up with 42 receptions for 609 yards and six touchdowns.