Josh Kendall

Two former starters could return for South Carolina on Saturday

South Carolina could get a couple of injured one-time starters back for Saturday’s game against Clemson.

Defensive lineman Aaron Sterling has missed the last two games after suffering a knee injury against Ole Miss but returned to practice in a limited capacity on Tuesday. Sterling, who has started four games at end this year, has 15 tackles and a sack this year.

“Hoping to get Aaron Sterling back,” head coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday. “I’m hoping to get him back at least in a part-time role.”

Running back Ty’Son Williams, who has started two games this year, still is wearing a cast due to a broken bone in hand suffered against Ole Miss. The cast has kept him out of the last two games, but the team’s doctors are hoping to have him in a smaller brace by Saturday, which would allow him to return to the field against the Tigers.

Defensive back Jaycee Horn (ankle) practiced Tuesday and will play Saturday, Muschamp said.

The Gamecocks (6-4) take on No. 2 Clemson (11-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers have won four straight in the rivalry.