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Clowney and Ingram injured Tuesday

8/24/2011

South Carolina took a couple of hits to its defensive line during Tuesday's practice.

Much ballyhooed freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney left practice with a sprained left ankle, while senior end Melvin Ingram went down with a left thigh contusion.

Fortunately for the Gamecocks, both players left the field under their own power and coach Steve Spurrier didn't think either injury was too serious.

“The doc doesn’t think it’s too bad,” Spurrier said of Clowney’s injury. “He went in and put a little ice on it. So two of our D-linemen had a minor nagging little thing. Hopefully, if it had to happen, it happened 10 or 11 days before the game, so they should be OK. They will be out a day or two. Definitely both of them will be out a couple of days. Hopefully they’ll get well by next week.”

Clowney had been progressing nicely in practice until his injury, but he shouldn't fall too far behind with a couple of days of rest. In fact, he'll probably enjoy some time off. A freshman can process only so much at a time during this part of the year.

The 12th-ranked Gamecocks open the season on Sept. 3 against East Carolina in Charlotte.