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Clemson star wide receiver Tee Higgins leaves Fiesta Bowl with head injury

Higgins left the game in a strange play in which his helmet was knocked off by an Ohio State defender, crashing to the ground.

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UPDATE: Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins returned to the game for the first drive of the second half.

A major injury occurred early in the Fiesta Bowl, and it could be devastating for the Clemson Tigers as they look to make a comeback against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Clemson’s star wide receiver Tee Higgins is ruled out for the rest of the game with a head injury.

During the first quarter, Higgins went high in the air for the ball with Ohio State defensive backs Jeff Odukah and Jordan Fuller. Fuller’s arm knocked off Higgins’ helmet, and Higgins went crashing to the ground. It’s not exactly clear whether the injury came when Higgins was hit by Fuller or if landing on the ground caused the injury.

Regardless, Higgins’ day is over, and that’s a shame for the Tigers’ offense.

Clemson has plenty of stars on its roster, but Higgins is the leading receiver in terms of yards with 1,082 yards and touchdown receptions with 13 this season. He averages a whopping 20.8 yards per reception.

Higgins is a go-to play maker for Trevor Lawrence in each of the past two seasons.