CLEMSON - Junior wide receiver Charone Peake had surgery Friday to repair what Clemson called "a minor knee injury" suffered during a workout Wednesday, and will miss the start of fall camp.
Peake tore the ACL in his left knee Sept. 11 of last year during practice after just two games in the 2013 season, and was granted a medical redshirt. Peake re-aggravated the left knee Friday, which will keep him out of the Tigers' first practice Aug. 1.
"Charone was having a great summer, but tweaked a knee on Wednesday making a reception," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "The surgery was successful and his ACL is fine. He will probably miss the first week of practice and then we will go from there. We expect him to play against Georgia in the season opener."
Peake has 37 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns in his career, and is counted upon to help lead a young group of wideouts looking to replace producing lost by NFL draft picks Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant.
"Charone Peake has been waiting in the wings," wide receivers coach Jeff Scott said July 15. "Very talented coming out of high school, and he happened to be a part of probably one of the most talented wide receiver recruiting classes in Clemson history. So he's been waiting his time.
"He was really prepared and in a position last year to have that breakout season, then he gets hurt. Another year of rehab and preparation, you can see that look in his eye that Charone's ready to go out and be a highly productive player. He's paid his dues, and he's probably the one guy that's prepared to have a big year this year."
Peake is backed up on Clemson's depth chart by redshirt freshman Germone Hopper, who was held out of all of spring practices via coach's decision, and true freshman Kyrin Priester, who spent the past year in prep school before enrolling in January.
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