(Originally posted 2:22 p.m.; updated 3:56 p.m.)
USC defensive end Clifton Geathers will be eligible to play next week at Georgia after serving his one-game suspension Thursday at N.C. State.
Geathers, who was arrested Aug. 23 following an incident outside a Vista nightclub, received a modified one-game suspension that was set to begin when he was medically cleared to play.
USC’s medical staff gave him that clearance Wednesday, according to media relations director Steve Fink.
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Geathers is one of three defensive linemen who are suspended for the N.C. State game. Starting tackle Ladi Ajiboye is serving a three-game suspension following an offseason marijuana arrest, while backup tackle Kenny Davis will sit out Thursday's game for an undisclosed violation of team rules, Fink said.
The 6-foot-8, 281-pound Geathers sustained a cracked right orbital bone the night he was arrested. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public drunkenness after fighting with a bouncer at Club Ice and struggling with Columbia police officers who tried to detain him.
Geathers' injury is not as serious as coaches initially thought.
Geathers is scheduled to appear in Columbia municipal court on Friday morning.
Geathers was at Club Ice with a large group of USC players celebrating defensive back Chris Culliver’s 21st birthday. The club manager said players became unruly around the 2:30 a.m. closing time, and were pushing and shoving other club patrons.
Geathers, a junior from Georgetown, has a strong football lineage. His brother, Robert Jr., is a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, and his father and uncle also played in the NFL.
Geathers, who had 29 tackles in 13 games last season, was working with the first team at the time of his arrest. Redshirt freshman Devin Taylor will replace Geathers at N.C. State.