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Updated: Connor Shaw returns after shoulder injury

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South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was playing in his first game since suffering a season-ending knee injury last season against Mississippi State.

So far, Lattimore’s knee looks fine. He has 12 carries for 66 yards, 29 of which came on a nifty touchdown run where he made a nice cut to avoid a tackle.

It’s quarterback Connor Shaw that Steve Spurrier needs to worry about now. In the final minutes of the first half, Shaw got up limping from a tackle and immediately went to the sideline. Not long after, Shaw and team trainers headed to the locker early. ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Steele said Shaw was favoring his right (throwing) shoulder and appeared to be in a lot of pain.

The early report from the press box is that Shaw has a shoulder contusion (bruise), and sophomore Dylan Thompson is starting the second half.

No. 9 South Carolina got off to an early 10-0 lead after a sloppy, turnover-filled first quarter, but Vanderbilt fired back with a 78-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Rodgers to Jordan Matthews. Since then, the momentum has swung in the Commodores’ favor.

Updated 9:21 p.m. ET: Either Connor Shaw’s shoulder bruise isn’t all that bad, or he’s a trooper. Shaw returned to the field about midway through the third quarter after a late arrival from the locker room. Shaw made an attempt to throw some passes during halftime without pads, but apparently wasn’t well enough to go at the time.

South Carolina trails Vanderbilt 13-10, and Spurrier’s gotten away from giving Lattimore the ball. It’ll be interesting to see how Shaw is used going forward from here on out tonight.

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7 Responses to “Updated: Connor Shaw returns after shoulder injury”
  1. irisheyesnate says: Aug 30, 2012 8:38 PM

    I hate to say it but it looks pretty serious

  2. saturdaysgame says: Aug 30, 2012 8:50 PM

    @SaturdaysGame

  3. manchestermiracle says: Aug 30, 2012 9:08 PM

    And looked pretty unimpressive before he fell down and hurt himself.

  4. rrussellndfan says: Aug 30, 2012 10:13 PM

    Vandy just got the shaft!!! SC is over rated!!!!!!!!

  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Aug 30, 2012 10:23 PM

    LOL. I think the only shaft Vandy felt was 17 inches…er I mean points…from the Cocks!

  6. floridacock says: Aug 30, 2012 10:47 PM

    Was a bad call on that pass, but no guarantee Vandy would have scored a TD. Probably not. Not pretty, but good Carolina win.

  7. clemsonstillsucks says: Aug 30, 2012 11:05 PM

    @ Floridacock

    I agree…several bad calls (and missed calls) that went both ways tonight. Don’t know about you but I’m not prepared to watch a 5-6 hour football game where every play is “under review” – LOL. Some of us actually work for a living and have to get up tomorrow and “hope for change” (last comment not intended for you dear sir!).

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