Jadeveon Clowney surprised South Carolina coaches with pregame injury news

Streeter Lecka

The star reportedly missed South Carolina's game with bruised ribs.

No. 13 South Carolina eked out a 35-28 win over Kentucky, their third straight win by ten points or less. The Gamecocks were favored by more than three touchdowns in the contest.

Notably absent for South Carolina was star defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, who has struggled with injuries throughout the year. Head coach Steve Spurrier didn't exactly seem convinced that Clowney was actually hurt, making comments about his star's status to the media.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward seemed to echo Spurrier's sentiment.

Running back Mike Davis said Clowney mentioned the pain to him.

Prior to the Gamecocks' opener against North Carolina, Spurrier was upset that three players, including Clowney, missed practice with injuries. He later said the issue was miscommunication.

Clowney, perhaps the most talented player in the country, had 23.5 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks last season. He has just three tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2013.

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