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Jadeveon Clowney to undergo surgery… after the season

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Thus far in 2013, Jadeveon Clowney has yet to have the type of impact that most thought he would have, an expected impact that had him at the center of the preseason Heisman talk.

Perhaps, though, there’s a very good medical explanation for that.

Following South Carolina’s win over Vanderbilt Saturday, the All-American defensive end acknowledged that a foot issue that hampered him last season is bothering him again this year.  Clowney has dealt with bone spurs since his high school days, and the player said that he will continue playing through the pain.

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

“It only bothers me when I’m out there. It just builds up pain. The more I keep going the more it bothers me.”

Following the season, however, Clowney, who will likely leave eligibility on the table to enter the 2014 NFL draft, said he will undergo a medical procedure to get his right foot “cleaned out.”

Through three games, Clowney is tied for ninth on the Gamecocks in tackles (10); leads in sacks (two); and is third in tackles for loss (three).  The junior’s not in the Top 60 nationally in either of the latter two impact categories.

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10 Responses to “Jadeveon Clowney to undergo surgery… after the season”
  1. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 15, 2013 3:53 PM

    Just bone spurs. Barring an infection he will be ready to go by training camps

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 15, 2013 3:54 PM

    Bone spurs can be painful just to walk on, as those who have had them will attest. To play with them are extraordinary. Games will not get easier. The pain will increase. I wish Clowney the best, but it may be better to get the surgery now, but I know he does not want to miss the reminder of the season.

    This explains the medical issue that HOF Gamecocks have been telling me for some time.

  3. 10of14 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:07 PM

    So if he has had this issue for a season or two, it is a non-issue as it pertains to his numbers. He is being handled due to a heightened awareness of his ability and he needs to work through it and be a stud (or not). Like several other Defensive lineman (Tuitt and Nix at ND come to mind), they are being double/triple teamed. Their teammates have sucked at picking up the slack for them.

  4. psly2124 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:07 PM

    More excuses for JaLazy.

  5. suprmous says: Sep 15, 2013 10:23 PM

    I can honestly say spurs do hurt but why didn’t he take care of this before returnin to practice for the Summer? southernpatriots, you and I both know from the medical standpoint that it isn’t major surgery and doesn’t have a long healin time. Makes me wonder if there isn’t other issues involved. Just sayin …….

  6. southernpatriots says: Sep 15, 2013 10:30 PM

    I think there are some other medical issues, but no one is talking at this time. The bad thing, if true, the spurs do not become better, but worse over time, unless/until surgery. Why Clowney did not have these removed this past summer is a question I have not heard anyone answer yet.

  7. Pac12Ute says: Sep 16, 2013 4:10 AM

    After watching how Star Lotulelei’s draft ranking plummeted and the subsequent loss in pay that took place just a few months ago, I can’t blame Jadeveon if he isn’t revealing all of the medical issues that he is experiencing.

  8. dhardy8207 says: Sep 16, 2013 10:06 AM

    Playing with bone spurs can easily cause other damage if located in an area such as the heel of the foot. That is a common area to see bone spurs and can expose a patient to a tare in tendons if they should be one that bares their weight on the heel…

  9. onlyoneleft says: Sep 16, 2013 6:28 PM

    Week 1——-Stomach virus/out of shape
    Week 2____Someone stepped on my foot
    Week 3——-Bone spur
    Week 4——-Open date. Don’t have to worry about it
    Week 5——-????????

  10. jonanthans says: Sep 17, 2013 3:39 PM

    Can anyone tell me why this guy is viewed as a superstar? He had 1 big play where he blew through a very porous Michigan OLine and knocked the helmet off a Rb who probably didn’t have his chin strap even buckled. Other than that he is a good pass rusher, at best. yeah he had 13 sacks, but 4 of them came against Clemson where Boyd basically ran into him and 7 against cupcakes.

    He is lazy, takes plays off, teammates grumble about his lack of work ethic in the weight room, he makes excuse after excuse.

    NFL teams beware, this is Vernon Gholston 2.0

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