Pinkel: Injury update here: DeSean Blair will be out, he had that head injury in that car accident. Hopefully we're going to get him back soon, but sometimes they take time. Obviously, it's a very sensitive area and there's a process to release a player. Sean Culkin's knee, he'll be out a couple weeks, we know that for certain. It's unfortunate for him. Nate Crawford, ankle, he'll be out. Kentrell Brothers is questionable with an ankle also; ankle-slash-knee, but it was more of his ankle. Ian Simon is probable, he slammed his head in the back of the endzone when he knocked that ball down. All others are expected to practice. South Carolina is a very good football team. You know Steve Spurrier is a colleague and a friend, and I have a great admiration for his successes and his teams. They are very disciplined and very well coached. They'll be coming into The Zou. We're excited about being home, back with our fans and fanbase. We're working hard to play better and to become a better football team. Any time you come off a game like that, we lock into what we do. That's something we talk about in August, how we deal with adversity here, and that's what we're doing at this time. Looking forward to hopefully getting better and playing better this week.
Maty's got a banged up shoulder again?
Okay, add that to the running injury list...
After the Kentucky game, Maty Mauk was asked if he had any issues with his throwing shoulder, as he had underthrown open receivers in that game and the three previous.
"It's a little banged up, but there's no excuses on the field," Mauk said. "I've got to produce and I've got to get through that and make those throws, that's what it comes down to."
Mauk clarified that the injury is from this year, and not a carry-over from last year's injury - "Nothing too big," he said.
Pinkel said that he's "certainly" aware of the issue, but believes that fundamentals are also playing a part in Mauk's accuracy issues.
But at least Brothers' injury isn't worse
"What I’ve seen and heard from Kentrell is he’s going to play Saturday," cornerback Kenya Dennis said. "His mindset is already set to play this weekend. We need him to be talking like that because it gives the whole team confidence. Guys look up to Kentrell."
"There’s some relief knowing it’s not too serious," linebacker Michael Scherer added. [...]
"Kentrell wants to play," Pinkel said. "That’s just the way he is. He’s a remarkable competitor. The medical staff and him will make that decision in how he performs during the week. It might be a game-time decision to see how he warms up and how he does. We’ll see."
A night game? What's that?
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