South Carolina will be limping into Saturday’s game against Florida and not just because it is coming off a 41-20 loss to Arkansas.
The Gamecocks could be without starting cornerback C.C. Whitlock (concussion), starting left tackle Jarriel King (concussion), starting center T.J. Johnson (knee) and backup quarterback Connor Shaw (ribs) when they take on the Gators on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla.
The winner of that game will be SEC Eastern Division champion and will play in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Of the injured quartet, Whitlock is the least likely to play, head coach Steve Spurrier indicated Sunday.
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“He went in there headfirst when he made the tackle, should have turned his head and led with his shoulder a little bit,” Spurrier said.
Assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson said Saturday night that he thought Whitlock’s condition was “serious.” Whitlock is questionable, Spurrier said. He probably would be replaced by walk-on Marty Markett.
Johnson also is questionable due to a sprained knee.
“The trainer says there’s a chance he might play this week,” Spurrier said. “He won’t do much the week of practice but we won’t rule him out.”
Johnson would be replaced by true freshman Ronald Patrick, who took Johnson’s place on Saturday against Arkansas.
King’s concussion is not as severe as Whitlock’s, and “he should be OK,” Spurrier said.
“He wasn’t knocked out or anything,” Spurrier said.
Shaw suffered bruised ribs and won’t practice much if at all this week. He is questionable, Spurrier said.
Tailback Marcus Lattimore (bruised knee) is fine and will play Saturday, Spurrier said.