Apr 14, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) warms up before the start of the Garnet and Black spring game at Williams Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jadeveon Clowney Could Miss Remainder of Spring Football With Neck Injury


South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is one of the most dominant players in college football and a legitimate Heisman contender heading in to the season, but he could be missing the team’s spring game on Saturday because of a neck injury.

Clowney reportedly suffered a neck sprain that will likely keep him out of drills for the rest of spring, and the scrimmage as well.

His official timetable for return was listed on the team’s Tuesday practice report as “TBD.”

Here is a bit from the practice report:

Jadeveon Clowney did not practice again on Tuesday and it’s uncertain whether he will practice again this spring, due to a neck sprain. “His neck and back is still stiff. Whether he goes another snap (this spring), I don’t care,” said [defensive coordinator Lorenzo] Ward.

Despite his neck injury and the likelihood that he is done for the remainder of spring football, Clowney is focusing on the upcoming season and doing everything to make sure he is prepared.

“It’s about learning the playbook,” Clowney said, via GoGamecocks.com. “We put in some new stuff and play calls and the rest of the stuff I will just catch up on. I will be working on my strength and conditioning. You get those two things, football will take care of itself.”

If Clowney is shut down for the spring, no one will be too upset if he starts off the season with a bang, just like he ended last year.


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