South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been battling nagging injuries throughout the early part of the season. Clowney plans to push through the injuries for the remainder of the season, but he will likely require surgery at the end of the season on his right foot.
From Josh Kendall of The State in Columbia, South Carolina:
Jadeveon Clowney says bone spurs bothering him “a lot.” Will get it “cleaned out” after season he says.
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) September 15, 2013
“It’s painful. I’m out here playing on it, though, so I’m just trying to give everything I’ve got on it,’ Clowney said following his team’s win over the weekend, via Rotoworld. “Who knows what’s going to happen out there? It doesn’t really bother me when I am out there much. It’s just builds up pain. The more I keep going on it, the more it bothers me.”
It will be interesting to see how Clowney’s minor surgery could affect his availability throughout the draft process, but it’s unlikely to hurt his stock.
Even if the clean up forces Clowney to miss the Scouting Combine or limits him from working out for scouts, it would be a shock if he’s not a top five draft pick in 2014.