Injuries are no laughing matter, but Steve Spurrier apparently thinks that a few minor ones shouldnt keep his star players from practicing.
So much so that he publicly said that if the injuries dont heal soon, three of his biggest playmakers and team leaders may not play in the Aug. 29 season opener against North Carolina.
We got a bunch of hurt guys that act like theyre really hurt, Spurrier said after Mondays evening practice, the last of No. 7 South Carolinas first two-a-day session. Right now, they may not play.
He was referring to leading returning receiver Bruce Ellington, whos been out with a hamstring problem, projected starting receiver Damiere Byrd, who recently pulled his hamstring, and the player that nobody in the Gamecocks fan base wants to hear mentioned with injury or anything else other than furthering his All-America campaign defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney missed one practice with a slight knee injury and has been out for some recent sessions with a bad shoulder. Spurrier mentioned all three on Monday.
Damiere and Bruce tried to run this morning, and it wouldnt surprise me if theyre out the first game, the way their hamstrings are coming around, Spurrier said. So were planning on playing, maybe without them. And right now, Clowneys got a bruised shoulder. If it doesnt come around real soon, we may play without him in the first game.
Spurrier pointed out that there were several other receivers and defensive ends all practicing on Monday while those three didnt. All three players worked out in the weight room and walked to and from the locker room with no sign of limp, struggle, extra wrap, brace or crutch. Clowney even stopped to joke around with a few reporters.
Since benching a Heisman Trophy candidate and a pair of his top receivers seemed far-fetched, Spurrier was asked if he was trying to light the proverbial fire under the three. Spurrier excused himself from the pack by saying, I dont know. Why dont yall go talk to them? Ill handle it, Ill handle it. Ill handle those guys.
As he walked away, he tossed another line over his shoulder.
All Im trying to say, if they cant play, we got plenty of guys who can play, so were not depending on them.
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