Clemson’s win over Georgia Tech Thursday night came at a bit of a cost for the Tigers, especially with Lamar Jackson and Louisville on deck.
On Tech’s first offensive possession of the game, Jalen Williams sustained a knee injury as he was chasing quarterback Justin Thomas out of bounds on a third-down play. After being helped off the field and, ultimately, into the locker room, the linebacker/nickel cornerback was seen walking on crutches. He didn’t return to the game.
Afterwards, the Charleston Post & Courier reported, head coach Dabo Swinney revealed that Williams had been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected “to miss a few weeks.” An MRI is expected to be performed Friday to determine a more definitive timeline for a return.
Williams, a three-star 2014 recruit officially listed as the Tigers’ backup strongside linebacker, played in the first four games this season, starting one of those contests. Entering the Tech game, he was tied for fifth on the team with 13 tackles.
As a redshirt freshman last season, Williams played in all 15 games.