Defensive tackle Bryan Bresee suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's 27-21 double-overtime loss at NC State, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced during his Sunday teleconference.
Bresee left the game in the third quarter in Raleigh and later returned to the sidelines out of uniform. He recorded 12 tackles, a team-high three tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks in four games.
He's not expected back in 2021.
"We'll have the ACL surgery and clean up some stuff on his shoulder too while we're at it," Swinney said. "Get him back and he's got plenty of time to get well, post-spring, summer planning, he'll be full-go. It's unfortunate but injuries happen in the game."
Clemson Eyes Back-to-Back Road Wins in Visit to Boston College
No. 20 Clemson can earn its 11th ACC victory today when it plays at Boston College at 7 p.m.
Will Eagles DB K'Von Wallace Represent Clemson in Super Bowl LVII?
The former Clemson safety was ejected from Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers so it's unknown if K'Von Wallace will be further disciplined by the NFL. As of now, he's set to play in the Feb. 12 Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Clemson Tigers in the NFL: Previewing Championship Sunday
Several former Clemson players participating in today's NFC Championship between the 49ers-Eagles and the AFC Championship Bengals-Chiefs can clinch a spot in Super Bowl LVII.
"He will be back sometime in the next few weeks," Swinney said. "That was a huge, huge plus for us. We were not optimistic there."
Shipley was also injured in the second half when his lower body was hit from behind and his knee gave way. Shipley had earned the starting running back role before the NC State game and is the team's leading rusher with 211 yards on 44 carries. He also scored five of Clemson's 12 touchdowns this season.
He'll be on crutches for a couple of weeks and then will work his way back, Swinney said.
Senior linebacker James Skalski, who leads the team with 31 total tackles, also avoided a major injury after he left the NC State game and will be back soon. Cornerback Fred Davis III missed the trip after rolling an ankle in practice Thursday.
"We've got a lot of guys banged up," Swinney said.
The Tigers, however, are now down their two starting defensive tackles, including Tyler Davis, who's out two months after tearing his bicep in the Georgia Tech game.
"Hurt for them," an emotional Brent Venables, Clemson's defensive coordinator, said after Saturday's game. "I know how hard they work."