Thursday someone called us to inform us that he had seen USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney earlier that day and he was limping around in a walking boot. Until Saturday Clowney had been mum about how much the lingering foot injury he’s been battling this season was bothering him, but now the cat is out of the bag. After a 35-25 win over Vanderbilt the Gamecocks’ star defensive end admitted he’s not 100%.
So how much is it hurting?
“A lot,” Clowney said. “Just playing through, I am out here playing on it though.”
Clowney said only rest will help at this point and that the injury gets worse as he plays throughout a game. He plans to have surgery after the season.
Bone spurs in his foot are nothing new for Clowney. He dealt with them during his high school days at South Pointe and had surgery after his freshman year at USC to clean out spurs in his foot. There was some talk he was going to have surgery after last season, but he opted for rest instead.
In the meantime Clowney is happy to be getting an early bye this week to get some extra rest.
“Great time (for the bye),” Clowney said.” Needed one to get my foot back together.”
Clowney had his biggest game of the season against Vanderbilt Saturday night. He picked up a sack and forced a fumble in the third quarter.