Dabo Swinney said he is going to let Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher handle the linebacker who made an insensitive gesture to Clemson cornerback Ryan Carter, who suffered a concussion in Saturday’s win over the Seminoles.
FSU linebacker Emmett Rice made a “go to sleep” gesture after hitting Carter during a Florida State punt return in the third quarter, which briefly appeared to knock Carter unconscious for a few seconds. When replay went back and reviewed the play, Rice was caught targeting Carter on a crack-back block as he launched into Carter for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Rice was tossed from the game for the hit and will have to sit out at least the first half of next week’s game against Delaware State.
Swinney was asked during his Sunday teleconference about Rice’s inappropriate gesture and was asked if he reached out to Fisher about how the FSU coach might handle the situation.
“I think Jimbo will handle that,” Swinney said. “He knows how to run his shop. He was in the middle of coaching a ball game. I didn’t see it. People told me about it today. But I know that’s something he will handle within his team, just like I would if it was my team.”
Update on Carter. Speaking of Carter, Swinney said the cornerback was doing well in the locker room after the game last night, but he will be in the concussion protocol this week.
Lamar suffers shoulder sting. Linebacker Tre Lamar suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter on Saturday. Swinney said the sophomore will undergo an MRI later this evening on his shoulder where he reportedly suffered a stinger.
Lamar was having one of his best games as a Tiger before getting hurt. In less than two quarters, the former 5-star linebacker had 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 caused fumble and a fumble recovery.
No word on the status of Lawrence and Joseph. Swinney said the practice time and plan for Kendall Joseph and Dexter Lawrence this week will be determined by the trainers and doctors. Swinney said he gets a report every morning, and it will all be based on what the doctors think.
Of course Clemson held Lawrence out of Saturday’s game so he could nurse his ankle even more. He could be seen walking around the sidelines prior to game with a boot on his right foot.
Swinney said they thought Joseph would be able to play, but he just didn’t quite feel good enough in warmups before the game so they held him out.
Defensive tackle Jabril Robinson was also held out of the FSU game. Swinney said the redshirt junior was a little gimpy yesterday, so they felt it was best not to play him.
Clemson will play The Citadel next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Death Valley. The game will be televised by the ACC Network.