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Jadeveon Clowney Playing Through Pain

The biggest question in college football through the first three games of the season has to be this: What’s wrong with University of South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney? After an uninspiring debut against North Carolina two weeks ago (blamed on a stomach virus), the 6-foot-6, 274-pound defensive end has looked…

The biggest question in college football through the first three games of the season has to be this: What’s wrong with University of South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney?

After an uninspiring debut against North Carolina two weeks ago (blamed on a stomach virus), the 6-foot-6, 274-pound defensive end has looked only marginally better against SEC East rivals Georgia and Vanderbilt.

What gives? According to The (Spartanburg, S.C.) Herald-Journal, the returning All-American and single-season USC sack leader has bone spurs in his right foot – a.k.a. his liftoff engine for pass-rushing opposing quarterbacks. Eventually, he plans on having surgery to remove them.

“I’m going to get it cleaned out after the season’s over with,”  Clowney told the paper. “It only bothers me when I’m out there. It just builds up pain. The more I keep going the more it bothers me.”

Clowney says he missed last year’s game against Wofford as a result of discomfort stemming from the bone spurs – which have bothered him since high school.

“It’s painful,” Clowney said. “I’m out here playing on it though. I’m just trying to give it everything I’ve got.”

Clowney has been criticized for half-assing it on some plays – and sitting out others. For example he was on the sidelines against Vanderbilt on a critical third down play late in the fourth quarter.

Maybe now we know why …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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20 comments

Smirks September 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

Sir Big Spur meets Sir Bone Spurs?

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BS September 16, 2013 at 8:27 am

This is total Bull Shit! If the greatest player in the hisrtory football (as believed most SCAR fans) had had this trouble since high school, he would have had it corrected during the off season long before now. This is just an excuse for his lackluster, out of shape, performance.

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Todd September 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

“All Clowney does is eat and fuck” coach D

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Nikki September 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Jadeveon, please call me!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Back in the day they used to say the same about TBG, except it was drinking instead of eating.

TBG told them that they were damned liars. Sometimes he passed out.

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GameCock Fan September 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

Gonna be a long season fellas.

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9" September 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

If they’d said ,Plantar Fascitis,it might be believable.Spurs seldom need surgery.Contract.

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VandySECPowerhouse September 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

What’d he eat this time? Clearly Clowney didn’t put it in during the off season and it shows every down. Wonder what it’ll be next week? QBs must be terrified.

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Libtard September 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

It is obvious he has found his excuse to half-ass the season and wait to turn pro. I guess that free advice from Jay-Z is paying off.

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Frank Howard September 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Half-assing is the surest and most direct way to get hurt. Let’s hope not.

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Same ol' Same ol' September 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I gots crhonical pain from bone spasms.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

The Chronic will fix that fo ya!

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Same ol' Same ol' September 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

Thanks TBG, tryin’ to type too fast, gets me every time. Yes, it’s chronical pain. (term usually reserved for those knuckle dragging, mouth breathers needing their oxycontin)

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LSU September 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Jabberdonkey Clownaround, never miss a good chance to keep your mouth shut. Win a championship and we’ll talk.

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BillC123 September 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Week 1 – Stomach virus/out of shape
Week 2 – Someone stepped on my foot
Week 3 – Bone spurs
Week 4 – ???

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Scrappy September 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

If anyone believes this you are drinking way too much garnet KoolAde! Does anyone really believe that the number 1 ranked kid coming out of high school and now the projected #1 pick in the NFL draft has been allowed to play with bone spurs? That would have been cleaned up the day after he graduated high school.

This is big time college football people. That simply would not happen in a division 1 program. If the OBS confirms it he’s a damn liar also!

He sat on his ass all summer enjoying Ruth’s Chris and driving around in JZ’s beamer. He knows the money is coming and he just does not give a shit!

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uh oh September 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm

No way! He is just fine and he is just as good as they say he is!!! He is keeping himself healthy for the pros! Can’t say I blame him. After all The Old Ball Coach could careless about his players and working them like dogs! Case in point Lattimore. Poor guy.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Totally, somewhat OFF TOPIC;

TBG believes that FITSNEWS should have an annual college football pick em contest with the winner getting a case of beer/bottle of liquor/dinner at Ruth’s Chris. Just do the Top25, the ACC, and the SEC games….

MOAR website traffic = mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money……

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Smirks September 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

This would be cool. Smirks seconds TBG’s motion.

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Cleveland Steamer September 17, 2013 at 1:46 am

Julious Peppers intern

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