A bye week won't help the lingering pain in South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's foot. For that, he'll undergo surgery after the season.
Clowney said after beating Vanderbilt 35-25 on Saturday that he plans to have surgery to help relieve the bone spurs in his foot that have bothered him since high school. He'll wait until the season is over, but he said, "The more I keep playing, the more it bothers me."
The All-American defender and presumptive No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft has come under the microscope for his play and conditioning this season. He recorded 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks a season ago, but has been limited to 10 total tackles and two sacks through three games this year.
"It's painful," Clowney said of the foot. "I'm out here playing on it, though. I'm just trying to give it everything I've got."
Clowney and the 13th-ranked Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) have a bye week before traveling to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF on Sept. 28.