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Clemson defenders Austin Bryant and Adrian Baker won't be back for Louisville game

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According to Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier, Clemson won't have either defensive end Austin Bryant or cornerback Adrian Baker back for Saturday's game against Louisville. Both players have missed the first four games of the 2016 season due to injury.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had said on Tuesday that both players were close to returning to the field, and didn't rule out the possibility of either playing against the Cardinals.

Bryant went through some drills in Monday's non-pads practice, and Swinney said Bryant was set to workout in pads Tuesday to "see how he responds."

"The defense is ready to see him back," linebacker Kendall Joseph said. "With him being back that's, just an extra guy who can make plays. It would be big for us."

Baker's rehab from a torn ACL is coming along quickly. He blew out his knee early in spring practice, but he's already doing individual work.

Swinney says they'll "cut him loose full-go" in competitive team drills this week.

"He's getting real close," Swinney said. "Where he is, he's really done well. If we don't have any setbacks, then I think it's just a matter of when we give him the green light."

As a freshman in 2015, Bryant recorded 22 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Baker intercepted two passes and registered seven tackles.