Clemson's Justyn Ross Will Miss Entire Season After Spinal Surgery

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Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross will have surgery later this week and miss this season, coach Dabo Swinney announced. Back in March, Ross suffered what was believed to be a "stinger" that was not expected to be serious. Swinney said to reporters on Monday, though, that an X-Ray revealed Ross had been born with congenital fusion, meaning two of his spinal vertebrae are fused together and functioning as one.

Ross, a projected first round pick in next year's draft, was expected to be the star wideout in the Tigers' high-profile offense after the departure of Tee Higgins. He started as a true freshman in 2018 and has amassed 112 catches, 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two seasons.

With the essential caveat that I am not a doctor, rebounding from spinal surgery seems like a big challenge. Ross' once-intensely bright future is a bit murkier. When healed it will be interesting to see if he returns to college football or seeks out his lot in the NFL.