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All-America receiver Sammy Watkins won't play against Boston College because of an abdominal virus.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Watkins status after practice Thursday. The team is scheduled to leave for Boston on Friday.
The absence of Watkins means the 17th-ranked Tigers (3-1, 0-1 ACC) will be without two main players in their wide receiver rotation. On Tuesday, Clemson lost backup Martavis Bryant to a groin injury the sophomore suffered while working out at the team's strength facility.
Watkins will miss his third game of the season after sitting out Clemson's first two contests because of a suspension for an offseason drug arrest.
Swinney said Watkins had taken himself out at the end of practices on Tuesday and Wednesday because he didn't feel well.
On Thursday, Watkins "was worse and after going to the doctor it was determined that he needed to stay here this weekend," Swinney said.