Clemson defensive lineman Austin Bryant (91) is congratulated on the field after his team won the Orange Bowl NCAA college football semifinal playoff game against Oklahoma, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Clemson defeated Oklahoma 37-17. (
Joe Skipper
August 21, 2016

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson starting defensive end Austin Bryant is expected to miss at least three games after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says Bryant got hurt at practice Monday night and had surgery Tuesday. Swinney says he hopes to have the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Bryant back to face Georgia Tech on Sept. 22. That timeline has Bryant out the first three games, including the opener at Auburn on Sept. 3.

Bryant, a sophomore, played in 13 games last season. His best performance came in the Orange Bowl, when he filled in for injured starter Shaq Lawson and had eight tackles in a 37-17 win over Oklahoma.

Bryant became a starter this spring with Lawson and Kevin Dodd leaving for the NFL.

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AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org

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