Clemson University

Tigers defensive end Austin Bryant suffers foot injury

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Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant will miss “a few weeks” after suffering a fracture of the fifth metatarsal on a foot during practice on Monday night. The sophomore had surgery to have a screw inserted in the foot on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported Bryant will miss at least three games.

As a result of the injury, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Christian Wilkins will see more time at the defensive end position. Wilkins was a freshman All-American at defensive tackle last year, but played considerable time at defensive end this past spring.

“It was a freak accident,” said Swinney. “We hope to have him back by the Georgia Tech game (Sept. 22 in Atlanta). We just hate to lose him because, even though he is a sophomore, he was our most experienced defensive end.”

Bryant played in 13 games last year and played 219 snaps. He had 35 tackles, including two tackles for loss. His best game came against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff game in the Orange Bowl when he had eight tackles as a substitute for an injured Shaq Lawson.

The 6-foot-4 Wilkins dropped from 325 to 300 pounds in the offseason.