Clemson star WR Justyn Ross out for season with neck, spine disorder

Ross Houston
June 2, 2020

Coach Dabo Swinney announced Monday that the rising junior wide receiver has a "congenital fusion" in his neck/spine area and is hoping to return to the field by January.

According to Swinney, Ross will fly to Pittsburgh on Thursday and undergo surgery on Friday with Dr. David Okonkwo, a leading neuroscientist.

If so, Ross will have to decide whether to return to Clemson or enter the 2021 NFL Draft and go to the Combine with serious questions about his long-term health and injury risk.

Last season, Ross only had one 100-yard game, but he was still steady, explosive, and showed off the talent and skills to potentially be a top target at the next level.

His most memorable stretch came during the 2019 College Football Playoff, where he caught a combined 12 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns in wins over Notre Dame and Alabama.

Without Ross, Clemson will lean heavily on running back Travis Etienne as quarterback Trevor Lawrence's most experienced offensive weapon.

In two seasons, the former four-star recruit has caught 112 passes for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns while helping the Tigers to a 29-1 record.

TJ Chase transferred to Florida Atlantic, but Joseph Ngata was a top recruit a year ago and caught 16 passes, Frank Ladson is another 6-3 target who'll get more work, and in all, there's enough talent in place to keep the offense going.

Pending successful surgery, Ross will have to wait a year to resume his promising career.

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