Another South Carolina star looks like he will be missing the bowl game.
South Carolina junior defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw responded to a fan on Twitter who said, “Heal up big guy. (Stinks) we wont have you for the bowl,” with “I appreciate it.”
The Gamecocks (7-5) will take on Virginia (7-5) on Dec. 29 in the Belk Bowl in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Kinlaw, 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, had a procedure to repair a hip injury that has bothered him for much of the season, TheBigSpur.com reported. A USC spokesman would not confirm or deny that report, stating that all announcements on player updates would come from head coach Will Muschamp.
Kinlaw had 38 tackles, including a team-high 4 1/2 sacks, during the regular season. He had been the only starting defensive lineman who made it through the entire season without missing a game due to injury.
Kinlaw announced via Twitter earlier this week that he planned to return to the Gamecocks for his senior season.
Senior wide receiver Deebo Samuel announced earlier this week that he will not play in the Belk Bowl so that he can concentrate on preparing for the NFL Draft.