Bryant, Howard back at practice, but defensive teammates 'pretty banged up'

Dabo Swinney: 'Defensively, it's like we played three games last week'

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant runs to the end zone after completing a catch in the fourth quarter.

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Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant runs to the end zone after completing a catch in the fourth quarter.

Martavis Bryant and D.J. Howard are back at practice this week, able to "do pretty much everything," Dabo Swinney said after the Tigers' workout Wednesday.

That may put them in better shape than some of their teammates.

"We're pretty beat up," Swinney said. "We have a long list of guys with bruises and bumps and pains. We've played six ball games and we've had two weeks of live practice.

"Defensively, it's like we played three games last week."

Swinney said that after two weeks of live tackling, the Tigers have backed off this week.

"We've been all 'thud' this week," he said. "We're good-on-good like we always do, but we're not going to the ground right now."

Bryant has missed the past two games after undergoing emergency surgery to repair a groin injury. He had two receptions, both for touchdowns, in Clemson's first four games.

Howard missed the Georgia Tech game with a shoulder injury. He's also played in four games and has carried the ball 11 times for 45 yards.

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DMM writes:

I don't know how you can get banged up chasing after someone that whiffed you. Surely they are talking about lineman, not that Secondary ......

Lynx26 writes:

in response to DMM:

I don't know how you can get banged up chasing after someone that whiffed you. Surely they are talking about lineman, not that Secondary ......

The sound of a typical dude that NEVER played college fball a day in his life.... Keep living out ur 7-3 HS days where you were a role player who finally started his senior year! Lol smh.

These guys earned scholarships for a reason(Elite talent here)

33dtb writes:

in response to DMM:

I don't know how you can get banged up chasing after someone that whiffed you. Surely they are talking about lineman, not that Secondary ......

It's a development curve.
We've graduated from the "late/great TB's" bumper-car "tackling" to "catch and release"'
But at least we're making progress.

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