Clemson DE Richard Yeargin announced on his Instagram account earlier that he suffered a neck injury in a car accident. According to TigerNet it appears as though the injury is very similar to the one Mike Williams suffered at the beginning of the 2015 season. Yeargin’s instagram post showed him in a neck brace along with his car that appears to have significant damage.
Thankfully outside of his neck injury Yeargin appears to be ok. The big question is going to be just how long it will be until we see him back on the field. Mike Williams was out for the entire 2015 season with his injury, the length of which was 4 months. If Yeargin is out for a similar length of time he would return at the beginning of October, but it is too early to say if that time frame is even realistic.
This type of injury can take a lot longer to heal, or maybe even shorter. It is possible that Yeargin could be out for the entire season. Yeargin is a redshirt junior and if he is unable to play this year he may apply for a medical redshirt to give him an additional year.
For Clemson on the field, the loss of Yeargin likely means one of the incoming freshman avoids a redshirt. Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell will still man the starting spots with Xavier Kelly hopefully pushing for time. Chris Register could also be in line for more playing time this year as well. DE should still be ok for Clemson, but losing depth is problematic late in the season, especially if Clemson suffers more injuries at the position.