CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson All-American receiver Sammy Watkins hurt his lower leg in the second quarter and left Saturday's 45-10 win against Maryland.
He said he could've returned if the outcome had been in doubt, but the coaches decided not to take chances. Watkins is expected to play against the NC State Wolfpack next week.
Watkins moved awkwardly after a 12-yard catch early in the second quarter when he was tackled by Matt Robinson. Watkins was stuffed for a loss of 2 yards on Clemson's next play before coming out.
The team said Watkins would not return for the second half with the Tigers (No. 13 BCS, No. 10 AP) holding a 35-7 lead. There was no indication on the severity of Watkins' injury. He had four catches for 60 yards in the first half.
Watkins, a sophomore, has 42 catches for 561 yards and two touchdowns this season.