South Carolina’s enviable depth at defensive end took a slight, and apparently temporary, hit Tuesday. Senior starter Melvin Ingram suffered a thigh bruise and true freshman Jadeveon Clowney suffered a sprained left foot.
“Definitely both of them will be out a couple days and make sure they get well by next week,” head coach Steve Spurrier said. “If it had to happen, (at least) it happened 11 days before the game so they should be OK.”
Clowney walked away from the No. 12 Gamecocks’ evening practice under his own power and with a barely noticeable limp. He was hurt during a drill against starting left tackle Kyle Nunn.
“He was rushing the passer and the next thing I looked he was on the other side by the offense laying down holding his foot,” Spurrier said. “It’s a foot he’s had hurt before he told me. So hopefully it’ll come back in a couple days or so. The doc doesn’t think it’s too bad.”
Clowney attempted a “swim move” immediately prior to the injury, Nunn said.
“I don’t know what happened,” Nunn said. “I think he’s going to be all right.”
Ingram was hurt during a punt block drill when he collided with a teammate. Neither he nor Clowney was available to speak to the media Tuesday.
South Carolina opens the season Sept. 3 against East Carolina.