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Clemson WR Justyn Ross will miss '20 season with spinal issue

Clemson star WR Justyn Ross out for season with neck, spine disorder Huge News - Clemson Star Receiver Justyn Ross Out for 2020
Cary Erickson | 02 June, 2020, 03:56

Clemson junior receiver Justyn Ross is set to have surgery for a congenital fusion in his back and spine Friday in Pittsburgh that will rule him out for the campaign, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Monday. Swinney said Ross will undergo surgery and he's hopeful that by January Ross is doing well enough to have to decide between declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft or returning to Clemson for another year. The subsequent X-ray revealed he was born with this condition, which occurs when two of the seven bones in the neck are abnormally fused.

Ross pulled down 46 receptions for 1000 yards and nine touchdowns his freshman year, with 148 of those yards and a pair of scores coming in Clemson's Cotton Bowl win over Notre Dame. While Ross' doctor said there is a good chance the talented wideout can play football again, he did not guarantee it (Twitter link via Raynor).

If there is a college football season in the fall, Clemson's potential first-round draft choice Justyn Ross won't be part of it. He sits 12th on Todd McShay's ESPN.com big board for the '21 draft.

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Last season, Ross only had one 100-yard game, but he was still steady, explosive, and showed off the talent and skills to potentially be a top target at the next level.

Leading yardage receiver Tee Higgins left for the National Football League, and Ross led the team with 66 catches for 865 yards and eight scores after exploding onto the scene as a freshman with 46 catches for 1,000 yards and nine scores.