Dabo: Watkins' medical condition 'very scary'

Bloodwork taken Thursday 'all out of whack;' diagnosis inconclusive

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is tackled by Florida State defensive back Xavier Rhodes in the second quarter.

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is tackled by Florida State defensive back Xavier Rhodes in the second quarter.

All Clemson eyes will be on the Tigers' medical report this week for word on Sammy Watkins' recovery from what Dabo Swinney described Saturday evening as a "very scary" situation that developed with All-America wide receiver this week.

Clemson announced Thursday that Watkins would not travel to Boston because of what was described as "an abdominal virus." But Swinney revealed after the Boston College game that Watkins' situation was considerably more complicated than a stomach bug.

Swinney said that Watkins practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday, but took himself out of drills after feeling sick. Bloodwork taken Thursday was "all out of whack," Swinney said, in regard to Watkins' kidney function.

Swinney said Watkins was "a little better" on Saturday, and doctors are hoping to see his bloodwork return to normal this week. So far, the diagnosis has been inconclusive, Swinney said, with possibilities including a virus or trauma from a hit to the abdomen.

"It was a scary situation," Swinney said. "Very scary."

Watkins was coming off what Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris described earlier in the week as an extremely physical game against Florida State, in which he was repeatedly bumped and knocked to the ground as came off the line of scrimmage

"They were extremely disruptive on Sammy," said Morris last Monday. "They were very physical with Sammy. Sammy spent some time on the ground, whether it was slipping or getting rerouted."

Watkins' status for the Tigers' upcoming game against Georgia Tech is uncertain.

Clemson will be without wide receiver Martavis Bryant for at least another week. He underwent emergency surgery for a groin injury last week.

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brookesdad729 writes:

Praying for you Sammy! Your full recovery is way more important that football right now. You just get better! Go Tigers!

waran writes:

I am praying for full and quick recovery. We need you back in the football team. More importantly, we want you back as the "person" that you are. Good luck.

4everAFanGOTIGERS writes:

Man sammy... prayin for u big dawg... jus get well soon .. nuk peake brown and humphries gone hold it down for u while u recoop ....

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