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Gamecock FB Medical Staff Accused Of Missing Injuries

HITS KEEP-A-COMIN’ FOR STEVE SPURRIER’S PROGRAM …  || By FITSNEWS ||  It didn’t get much attention (beyond college football message boards, anyway), but the disastrous 2014 University of South Carolina football season continues rearing its ugly head well into 2015. And no, this isn’t another story about the recruiting fallout experienced by head coach…

HITS KEEP-A-COMIN’ FOR STEVE SPURRIER’S PROGRAM … 

|| By FITSNEWS ||  It didn’t get much attention (beyond college football message boards, anyway), but the disastrous 2014 University of South Carolina football season continues rearing its ugly head well into 2015.

And no, this isn’t another story about the recruiting fallout experienced by head coach Steve Spurrier‘s program.

We’re referring to allegations made by former South Carolina offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers – a 6-foot-5, 280-pound four-star recruit from Pomfret, Maryland who turned down offers from Florida State and Oklahoma to play football for the Gamecocks.

The third-rated recruit in South Carolina’s 2013 class, Rodgers – who was dismissed from the program last November – took to social media last month to accuse the Gamecock medical staff of misdiagnosing an injury to his knee.

“USC told me my knee was fine now a real doctor says I might have to have surgery,” Rodgers tweeted.

He added that “for multiple weeks they said I was fine to practice but an X-ray shows a piece of my knee is off the bone.”

“Happy I’m out of there,” the Under Armor high school All-America concluded.

Rodgers had knee surgery last week, for those of you keeping score at home.

Vilified by Gamecock fans in the wake of his announcement, Rodgers later deleted his accusatory tweets.  And at that point his allegation basically vanished into the internet aether.  In fact it even failed to make a reappearance the following week, when the Houston Texans provided an update on the status of their No. 1 overall pick, former University of South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee after landing awkwardly during his NFL debut last September.  He returned to action seven weeks later, but struggled to recapture his trademark explosiveness off the line and was experiencing swelling in his knee after exertion.  Last December he underwent a risky microfracture procedure in an effort to correct the problem.

Can he make a full recovery?  The jury is out …

Among the most pervasive rumors in the meantime?  That Clowney’s lingering knee problems during his final season in Columbia, S.C. were not properly treated by the Gamecock medical staff.  Or – even worse – that Clowney was cleared to play when he should have been held out of action.

Some of those making the most hay over the allegations have the least room to talk, though.  We’re referring, of course, to fans of the Clemson University football program, which played starting quarterback Deshaun Watson against the Gamecocks last November despite the fact he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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11 comments

G.O.B. March 5, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Rogers tweeted about this weeks ago!

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Frank Howard March 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

It is LOL funny that you would compare two injured players who were supposedly claiming they were unaware that they were seriously hurt vs. Watson’s informed consent as advised by Clemson doctors.

“USC told me my knee was fine now a real doctor says I might have to have surgery,”

“Among the most pervasive rumors in the meantime? That Clowney’s lingering knee problems during his final season in Columbia, S.C. were not properly treated by the Gamecock medical staff. Or – even worse – that Clowney was cleared to play when he should have been held out of action.”

Wipe the BS off your face, man. You’re covered in it.

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Bible Thumper March 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Some of those making the most hay over the allegations have the least room to talk, though. We’re referring, of course, to fans of the Clemson University football program, which played starting quarterback Deshaun Watson against the Gamecocks last November despite the fact he had a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Clemson players would’ve been asked to wear suicide vest against South Carolina, if it was necessary to keep from losing six straight.

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aikencounty March 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm

News flash, these “institutes of higher learning” could care if you are a total cripple when your eligibility is up.

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Know your role! March 5, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Do some research, Watson playing on that knee could not make it any worse, once it is torn, it is done until you have surgery. I tore mine years ago and deal with the pain, but no matter what I do, that specific injury cannot get any worse because of activities I participate in, no matter how strenuous. Idiots like you will choose any opportunity to throw rocks at their rival, only because they feel their rival is dominant, making you feel unappreciated, or in other words, like Clemson’s bitch… Pick another subject…

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Todd March 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Clemson did make us their bitch, no argument there. But you are DEAD WRONG in that “playing on that knee could not make it any worse.” Watson had a torn ACL, which means his knee was unstable. If his knee were to hyperextend via a tackle or inadvertent movement, it would have torn his PCL but more importantly tore his popliteal artery. In other words, one well timeshit (not that our shitty defense could touch him) and that artery gets ripped, then you have emergency vascular surgery and/or loss of limb. Before you say “brace” the evidence shows that it does not provide a clinically significant amount of protection or stability, but it’s better than nothing.

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Squishy123 March 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

“If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have a Merry Christmas”.

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cap'n crunch March 6, 2015 at 8:49 am

Dr. Todd, was Watson’s tear partial or total? I have only heard partial. Was it a functional tear or a nonfunctional tear? Well it was obviously functional as the young man was lights out including on runs. “If you have a functional partial tear of your ACL, that means that you have torn a certain portion of your ACL fibers, however, you are still able to participate in sports without the feeling of the knee giving way or being unstable.” — http://www.howardluksmd.com/sports-medicine/partial-anterior-cruciate-ligament-acl-tears/

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Tillman Hall March 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Get over and it cock sucker!! U$C got its arse beat by a one legged man and a hell of a fly sweep. And on top of that the best defense in the ACC and SEC and the country beat the great ole drunk ball
sack!!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Gamecock FB Medical Staff …

TBG and 17 others “LIKE” the Gamecock Facebook Medical Staff.

Wait…
WHAT?

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Scooter March 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

It is time for you Coots to get over the butt hurt.

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