Apparently it was indeed that serious.
On social media, Clemson’s Richard Yeargin indicated that he sustained a neck injury in a car wreck in the last week. Not long after, the football program confirmed the defensive lineman sustained a neck injury in an automobile accident this past weekend.
Not only that, but the school confirmed that Yeargin suffered the same type of injury that cost a star Tigers wide receiver the entire 2015 season. As was the case with Mike Williams, Yeargin will be sidelined for the whole of 2017.
“The good news is that he will be fine long term,” head coach Dabo Swinney said in a portion of a statement. “He will miss this season as he recovers.”
A four-star 2014 signee, Yeargin took a redshirt as a true freshman. He’s played in 22 games the past two seasons, including a dozen in the Tigers’ run to the 2016 national championship.
Exiting spring practice, Yeargin was penciled in a second-team end for the Tigers.