CLEMSON | Cullen Harper said he will follow through with his scheduled surgery Sunday morning, creating the possibility Clemson could have both or neither of its top two quarterbacks available for its next game Nov. 1 at Boston College.
Harper has a 9:30 a.m. appointment today for surgery to clean out bone fragments in the shoulder, which has a fractured left humerus bone.He sustained the injury Sept. 13 against North Carolina State, but he said after getting MRI results this week, doctors suggested he have surgery sooner rather than later.
Harper said team doctors have told him he could return to practice as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.
But if the damage inside his shoulder is worse than expected, the surgery could sideline him between two to six weeks.
Clemson has a bye this week before five straight games to close the regular season, and Harper said doctors have told him he needs the surgery sooner rather than later.
"There is just an opportunity with the bye week," Harper said.
"(But) they could go in and see something else."
Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Willy Korn -- elevated ahead of Harper for his first career start in Saturday‚s 21-17 loss to Georgia Tech -- suffered a bruised humerus bone in his right, throwing shoulder and is questionable for the Boston College contest.
Korn sustained the injury at the end of Clemson's fourth series when Georgia Tech end Derrick Morgan hacked across his right elbow and locked the arm back, causing a shooting pain in the back of his shoulder.
The pass was intercepted, and during the ensuing drive, Korn tried several tosses behind the Tigers‚ bench before trainer Danny Poole informed him his day was done.
"I wanted to go back in so bad, this being my first opportunity to get some significant playing time and actually contribute," Korn said.
Before news of either injury surfaced, Swinney steered clear of naming a starter for the Boston College game in his post-game press conference.