Tony Steward injury update

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Former Clemson linebacker Tony StewardTony Steward
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#7 6-, 235
Hastings, FL

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suffered an MCL injury on covering a punt return during a preseason game against the Steelers.

Steward hopes to be practicing and ready to play against the New England Patriots next weekend.

"I'm feeling good. I'm hitting it hard every day," Steward said via The Buffalo News. "It's getting better every day, so I'm hoping."

He has already been running various speed drills on the field since Tuesday.

The former 5-star LB recruit out of Florida was as also amazed at the various defensive checks done at the NFL level.

"It's pretty crazy," Steward said. "Completely different from what I'm used to. In college, I had maybe one or two checks off of a look and kind of just played ball with the call. Here, they try to put you in the best call for each play. So you've got to know what you've got to do."

The two-time Clemson captain helped the 2014 Tigers lead the nation in total defense, pass efficiency defense, fewest first downs allowed, tackles for loss, tackles for loss yardage, sack yardage, third down defense, fewest yards for pass attempt, fewest yards for play allowed and fewest plays 10+ yards allowed.

Steward had 141 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures at Clemson. He battled back from two ACL injuries to become a solid Clemson contributor and now an NFL player.

One other Clemson NFL injury note - C.J. Spiller is "out" for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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