COLUMBIA, SC — The world spun back on its axis and South Carolinas fans let out a collective sigh of relief.
Steve Spurrier blamed his Monday comments, where he questioned if Jadeveon Clowney, Bruce Ellington and Damiere Byrd were going to be healthy enough to play the season-opener on Aug. 29, on miscommunication.
Rankled that the three were not at Mondays practice, at least watching their teammates while recuperating from injuries, Spurrier said on Tuesday that nobody had told the three that they were supposed to be there. Clowney (bruised shoulder), Ellington (hamstring) and Byrd (hamstring) have been battling injuries, but Spurrier was apparently displeased with what the three were doing instead of watching practice.
Jadeveons doing fine, Bruce is doing fine, Damiere is doing fine, Spurrier said after Tuesdays morning practice. They had a communication problem, they didnt know they were supposed to be out here watching practice, so Im the dummy on that. Now they know theyre going to be out here watching practice. We had a communication problem and were ready to go.
Clowney and Byrd practiced. Ellington did not. But all were at the Bluff Road fields.
All three of them were out here. They did not all practice. Theyre injured, Spurrier said. They werent in the locker room jivin around and playing on their cell phones, like they were last night. Thats my fault.
So will all three of them be ready for Aug. 29? Spurrier wasnt sure, although if Clowney and Byrd practiced on Tuesday, it seems they would be fine to play if the game was tomorrow.
I dont know. They werent practicing, Spurrier said. Sometimes those hamstring injuries can linger and linger. If these other guys out here look like theyre ready, well play them.
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