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Deebo Samuel has surgery on broken leg, hopes to return this season

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel had surgery on his fractured left leg Sunday, and Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said the Southeastern Conference's touchdowns leader will miss an extended period of time.

Muschamp said Saturday night after his team's 23-13 loss to Kentucky that Samuel's leg was broken and he would miss the rest of the season. On Sunday, Muschamp said Samuel's surgery went well and he'll wait and see how the recovery goes.

Samuel and his mother went on Twitter shortly after the game and said the junior will miss five or six weeks and return toward the end of the season.

Samuel got his sixth touchdown of the season on a 68-yard catch. He leads the SEC and is tied for second nationally.