News and notes from Monday's practice

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Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford

CLEMSON – The good news coming out of Clemson’s Monday morning practice was that right tackle Gifford Timothy Gifford Timothy
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#70 6-6, 315
Middletown, DE

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is recovering well after his surgery and might be back at practice by the end of the next week.

"He looks good. It was the best case scenario for us, from that standpoint,” Swinney said of Timothy. “With him being an offensive lineman, it gives him an even better opportunity to get back as opposed to being a receiver or running back, something like that it might be different. So far so good, but it will be a daily deal.

"I'm hopeful, by the time we get ready for our mock game a week from Friday, I'm hopeful that he'll be able to take some reps, at least have a chance to have a game week of preparation. We'll just have to wait and see. It'll just be a pain tolerance and how he responds to the rehab."

Swinney then updated the status of linebacker Justin ParkerJustin Parker
Jr. Linebacker
#8 6-1, 225
Port Royal, SC

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, who will redshirt this season with a groin injury.

Swinney said that Parker will head home to Charleston on Tuesday and will have surgery on Wednesday.

"They're going to go in and try to do a little type of release thing in his abductor area, his groin area, to hopefully get him feeling a little bit better,” Swinney said.

*Swinney said that Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
So. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 280
Columbus, GA

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(ankle) and Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
Jr. Defensive Back
#14 5-9, 175
Roswell, GA

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(hip flexor) are recovering from their injuries. Crawford was back at Monday’s early practice, and Jenkins should return by mid-week.

*Swinney said that both Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
#92 6-5, 220
Concord, NC

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and Spencer BentonSpencer Benton
RS Sr. Punter / Kicker
#13 6-2, 195
Myrtle Beach, SC

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are competing at punter, but neither has shown the consistency to grab the job.

* Stanton Seckinger Stanton Seckinger
RS So. Wide Receiver
#81 6-5, 200
Isle of Palms, SC

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was mentioned as a player who has “really jumped up there” in the competition to back up tight end Brandon Ford Brandon Ford
RS Sr. Tight End
#80 6-4, 235
Wando, SC

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. Swinney said they are also encouraged by Eric Mac Lain and his physical nature at the position.

*Punt return – Swinney said that Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
So. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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, Nuk Hopkins, Jaron BrownJaron Brown
Gr. Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 200
Cheraw, SC

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and Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
So. Wide Receiver
#16 6-0, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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are working out at punt return, while Brown, Watkins, Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
So. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 205
Calhoun Falls, SC

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, Charone PeakeCharone Peake
So. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 205
Moore, SC

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and Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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are working at kickoff return.

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