When Austin Bryant went down with a foot injury in the middle of summer camp last month, the target date for the defensive end’s return was the Sept. 22 game against Georgia Tech. While that won’t happen, the lineman could return for the following weekend’s game that will go a long way in shaping both the ACC and playoff races.
Tuesday, Dabo Swinney officially ruled Bryant out of Thursday’s conference opener against Georgia Tech. The head coach hedged somewhat, though, when discussing Bryant’s availability for the Week 5 matchup with Louisville.
Swinney on DE Austin Bryant: He’s day to day. We hope for next week, but I truly don’t know. It’s a matter of him being able to cut loose.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 20, 2016
Bryant has already missed the opener against Auburn as well as the next two games against Troy and South Carolina State.
Last season as the backup to both Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson, Bryant played in 13 games. He was credited with 35 tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while averaging under 20 snaps per game.
With Dodd and Lawson leaving for the NFL, Bryant, prior to his injury, had been viewed as someone who would help replace the lost sack production.