August 15th, 2013 10:20 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Bruce Ellington, Damiere Byrd, Jadeveon Clowney, North Carolina
Earlier this week, Steve Spurrier called out three of his top players for not bouncing back from injury quickly enough. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and receiver Damiere Byrd returned to practice the next day. Fellow wideout Bruce Ellington has not.
According the Gamecock coach, Clowney is now fully cleared for Carolina’s opener against the other Carolina two weeks from today:
“Clowney’s back full-go, he looks good. Get the word out to those national media boys. Clowney’s back in good shape, back in the fold. He’s going to play against North Carolina. All communication problems have been solved. He’s back on the team in good standing.”
Spurrier’s quip about “those national media boys” feels a bit off since he himself told reporters that Clowney and the others might not play. He also knows how to play the media like a harp.
As for Ellington, the coach said: “Bruce is still hurt. He’s got a lingering injury that prevents him from practicing. I don’t know when he’s coming back. You’ll have to ask Bruce and the trainers about that, but he hasn’t done anything for a good week.”
Ellington — USC’s leading receiver last year — is dealing with a hamstring injury.
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