Jadeveon Clowney might miss opener

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier seemed to send a message to several injured players -- particularly star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney -- by hinting Monday that they might not play in the Aug. 29 opener against North Carolina if their health does not improve rapidly.

Clowney sat out Saturday’s scrimmage with a shoulder injury and did not practice on Monday, either. Injured receivers Bruce Ellington and Damiere Byrd are also in jeopardy of missing the North Carolina game, Spurrier said.

"If (Clowney’s shoulder) doesn’t come around real soon, we may play without him the first game. ... We’ve got a bunch of hurt guys who act like they are really hurt, so right now they may not play,” Spurrier said, according to ABC affiliate WOLO.

Clowney finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting last season and hopes to become the first defense-only player to win the award this fall. The All-American led the Gamecocks with 13 sacks and posted a school-record 23.5 tackles for a loss last season.

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