As Missouri looks to inch closer to securing a spot in the SEC championship game, the Tigers may catch a break against one of the stiffest tests left on the schedule.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw suffered what was originally feared to be a very significant knee injury in the loss to Tennessee Saturday. Reports surfaced late Saturday night that, instead of a torn ACL as rumored, Shaw was diagnosed with a severely sprained knee.
Sunday afternoon, head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that no surgery would be necessary for Shaw. The OBC also said that doesn’t necessarily mean his starter will suit up for this Saturday’s game against Missouri.
“Injury-wise, Connor Shaw is actually walking around a little bit,” Spurrier said according to GoGamecocks.com. “No surgery or anything. I’m not sure what his status will be later in the week.
“I would say yes, he would be able to come back.”
In that latter sentence, Spurrier was referring to this season, not necessarily this weekend.
If Shaw is indeed sidelined, Dylan Thompson would step in under center. The redshirt junior started two games in place of an injured Shaw last season after spending 2011 as Stephen Garcia‘s backup.
Thompson has seen action in six of seven games in 2013, completing 29 of his 51 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also thrown two interceptions.