Nothing has been confirmed yet, but TCI is reporting that Freshman DE Xavier Kelly was involved in a moped accident yesterday night around 11:30pm. David Hood from Tigernet has also indicated that he has heard reports of Kelly being on crutches and a player having been involved in a moped accident.
According to TCI, the Clemson University Police Department’s notes indicate that the accident occurred when a vehicle struck Kelly’s moped. The vehicle was reportedly at fault in the incident. There is no news yet on whether Kelly was injured but TCI says a source told them that “his overall physical well being is okay” while not ruling out an injury.
A true freshman, Kelly had a strong start in camp but it remained to be seen whether or not he would have avoided a redshirt. The injury to Austin Bryant has complicated things, though. At the moment, Clelin Ferrell, Richard Yeargin, Chris Register and Christian Wilkins will likely be manning the DE rotation. Jabril Robinson has also been mentioned as a possibility. The fact that the Clemson coaches wanted Wilkins to take snaps at DE after Bryant’s injury suggests to me that Kelly may not have seen snaps this year even with Bryant being out for some time. Still, it could be a blow to the depth of an already thin position group as Kelly probably would have played had anyone else gotten hurt.
We’ll have to wait and see if Kelly was injured in the incident and will update this post when we hear more.
Update (7:05pm EST): It sounds like there was no serious injury as Venables thinks he might return to practice next week.
Venables does confirm Xavier Kelly was in a moped accident. https://t.co/HGe3CX3hKh— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) August 18, 2016
Clemson DC Brent Venables: freshman DE Xavier Kelly is injured, might return to practice next week. Not sure if he'll redshirt.— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) August 18, 2016
Update (7:08pm EST): According to TCI, Kelly has some bumps, bruises and scratches. He had to get stitches on one of his toes. He also apparently wasn’t wearing a helmet, which is just not a good idea. Always wear a helmet on a moped/bike/etc!