The plan was, and is still is, for wide receiver Germone Hopper to redshirt this season.
But as a bit of insurance against 'just in case,' Hopper will be dressed out and on the Clemson sideline on Saturday when the Tigers play Boston College.
"We will only use him in case of an emergency," said Dabo Swinney. "It is still our intention to red-shirt him.”
A groin injury to Martavis Bryant that required emergency surgery early in the week, coupled with an illness that will prevent Sammy Watkins traveling with the team to Boston, has depleted Clemson's once-deep rotation of wide receivers.
DeAndre Hopkins, Jaron Brown, Charone Peake and Adam Humphries will form Clemson's receiver rotation against the Eagles.
Next in line will be reserves Matt Porter, Daniel Rodriguez, Wes Forbush and Julian Patton. All of those players saw action against Furman two weeks ago, but none played the wide receiver position against Florida State. Rodriguez saw action on special teams against the Seminoles.
Hopper, who is from Charlotte, N.C., was Clemson's lone wide receiver signee for the 2012 recruiting class. He was ranked as the nation's No. 11 wide receiver by both Rivals and Lindy's. He rushed for more than 4,000 yards and scored 50 touchdowns during his high school career at Berry Academy. As a senior, he returned five kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns.