Clemson football running back Will Shipley walked off the field on his own after taking a scary hit in the second quarter of Saturday’s loss at NC State.
After the Tigers’ 24-17 loss, coach Dabo Swinney said postgame he was “not sure” how Shipley was doing. He told the CW broadcast team at halftime that Shipley had been ruled out for the rest of the game.
“I think they did some X rays maybe on his neck and stuff,” Swinney said. “But I haven’t gotten any results. I was just told (earlier) he’s definitely out of the game.”
A team spokesperson also said Shipley was treated on-site at Carter-Finley Stadium and did not have to be transported elsewhere, such as a local hospital.
Shipley, a junior, caught an 11-yard swing pass near the Wolfpack’s end zone but laid on the field motionless for a while after colliding with NC State safety Shyheim Battle. Battle hit Shipley in the neck/back area, per a television replay.
Clemson trainers and local EMS personnel tended to Shipley for about three minutes before he sat up and left the field on his own to cheers from the crowd at Carter-Finley Stadium. Shipley went directly into the injury tent on Clemson’s sideline.
Referees didn’t initiate a targeting review on the play. If they did and Battle was flagged for targeting, he would’ve been ejected for the remainder of the game.
According to a tweet from a TV reporter covering the game, Shipley was wearing a neck brace when he and his family walked out of an X-ray room near the Clemson football locker room around halftime.
I don’t believe this was an intentionally dirty hit or play, but by definition is this targeting? pic.twitter.com/r6Y4yVEOvL
— Tiger Commenter (@TigerCommenter) October 28, 2023
Not as bad at it looks, as Shipley -- after laying down for a while and not moving and getting checked by an EMS guy plus Clemson trainers -- sat up and walked off the field on his own. Maybe more of a shoulder area stinger, etc. He's in the injury tent now but seems OK https://t.co/i8v4ORFCGc
— Chapel Fowler (@chapelfowler) October 28, 2023
— Marvin Parker Jr. (@suscmarvin) October 28, 2023
Shipley is on his feet.
N.C. State fans applaud.
Sigh of relief there for everyone. https://t.co/C1Jz52MrlQ
— Jon Blau (@Jon_Blau) October 28, 2023
Really glad and pretty shocked to see Will Shipley upright after that crunch near the goal line and his body’s initial reaction. Football is scary, man. https://t.co/gyed7wsmWM
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 28, 2023
Praying for Will Shipley. That looked like a nasty hit.
— BullCityCoordinators (@DukeFBCoverage) October 28, 2023
Thank goodness he got up.
— Woody Whitehurst - Women’s Lacrosse Supporter (@woodywhitehurst) October 28, 2023