Spurrier Calls Out Clowney for Injury
South Carolina’s coaching staff was caught largely off guard by star DE Jadeveon Clowney’s decision to sit out Saturday’s 35-28 victory over Kentucky with bruised ribs, an injury that kept him off the practice field last Thursday.
None were as perturbed by it, however, as Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier. After telling reporters after the game that he didn’t “want to get into all of that,” Spurrier did just that with these words:
“I will just say he told me he couldn’t play. That his ribs hurt, couldn’t run. Said ‘I can’t play.’ I said, that’s fine, you don’t have to play. We’ll move on. He may not be able to play next week, I don’t know. We’re not going to worry about it, I can assure you that if he wants to play, we’ll welcome him to come play for the team if he wants to.
“If he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to play, simple as that. We were thinking he was going to suit up and play. He did not practice Thursday. Couldn’t run. Said he couldn’t play. Any time a player says he’s hurt, can’t play, who are we to question? He doesn’t play.”
With just 12 tackles and two sacks so far this fall, things haven’t gone as planned for the freakish defensive end.