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Week Nine Injury Report

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If you’ve been following along so far then you know that I’ve been harping all year about how FSU’s home stretch in the latter half of the season is an absolutely nuclear gauntlet with a daunting intensity that hasn’t been seen since King Leonidas led 300 men into a bloodbath of Persian militants. Welp, playtime is over because that home stretch starts now. High noon. Saturday. Clemson’s coming to town. Arguably the nation’s best defensive line will be matching up against arguably the nation’s worst offensive line. Something tells me Deondre Francois might end up looking like this guy if he’s not careful: 

We can only hope that the boys up front step up and put on a show. With that being said, Francois (who made the best throw of his career last week against Wake Forest by the way) is healthy and ready to go. Let’s take a look at some guys who can’t say the same.

 

Amir Rasul, Running Back: Doubtful

According to coach Taggart, the junior tailback from Miami was “banged up” in last week’s contest against the Demon Deacons. He was at practice this week in a limited role and sporting a knee brace. It’s unlikely that he sees the field on Saturday.

DJ Matthews, Reciever/Return Specialist: Probable

Matthews, who has exploded onto the scene as a bona fide star in the special teams unit, missed practice this week due to a stomach bug. He’s got the green light to play against Clemson, but it’s important to keep in mind that he likely won’t be at 100%.

Josh Kaindoh, Defensive End: Not injured, but suspended for the first half.

The six foot seven inch, 260-pound edge rusher was called for targeting in the second half against Wake. By rule, he’ll have to sit out the first half of the Clemson game. This is obviously bad news for the Noles as they’re going to need all the big bodies they can get to try and stop Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers’ electric offensive attack.

Landon Dickerson, Offensive Tackle: Same old story.

Dickerson’s recovery status has been week-to-week for what feels like an eternity. I’m almost ready to just start leaving him off of the weekly injury report with the long-term guys like Khalan Laborn. He won’t be on the field this week.

 

 


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