Clemson safety Lannden Zanders, who reinjured his troublesome shoulder early in the Georgia game, will need another operation on the shoulder and will miss the rest of the season coach Dabo Swinney announced on his call-in show Monday night. Zanders is a junior from Shelby, NC who had logged 506 snaps going into this season, had off-season surgery on his shoulder and Swinney said he reinjured that shoulder against the Bulldogs.
“He’s going to go ahead and do surgery, so he’ll be out for the rest of the year,” Swinney said. “That’s going to be a long-term injury. I hate that for him. But in the long run, it may be the best thing for him. He can use this as a redshirt year and come back better than ever.”
Zanders entered 2021 credited with 55 tackles (five for loss), three sacks, four pass breakups and a sack over 24 games (nine starts).
Clemson started freshman Andrew Mukuba and Jalyn Phillips at the safety spots Saturday night. Another starting safety, Nolan Turner, missed the game with a shoulder injury. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said Monday Mukuba would have started even if Turner had been healthy.