Connor Shaw Injury Update: South Carolina QB Expected To Play Next Week

South Carolina Gamecocks starting quarterback Connor Shaw is expected to play next week against the East Carolina Pirates, as Heath Cline of 107.5 The Game reports. A staff member in the Gamecocks' athletic department expressed his optimism regarding Shaw's status after Thursday's season opener:

On Thursday, Shaw appeared to injure his shoulder in the team's opener against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The quarterback was forced to sit out temporarily while training staff treated the injury, eventually returning after Vanderbilt had taken the lead.

Even with the injured shoulder, Shaw managed to bring the Gamecocks back for a 17-13 victory, keeping the team's perfect season in tact through one week. The junior was noticeably uncomfortable with his shoulder even while leading the comeback, though, so the team will presumably be cautious.

For more on Cocks football, visit South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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