Connor Shaw Injury: Updates on Gamecocks QB's Shoulder Injury

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Connor Shaw Injury: Updates on Gamecocks QB's Shoulder Injury
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South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw's throwing shoulder was a concern coming into the Gamecocks' contest against Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday, and those problems continued against the Blazers.

Shaw took a hit while tossing a pass to Bruce Ellington late in the first half of Saturday night's contest. He stayed on the ground, appeared to favor his ailing shoulder and was eventually helped to the sideline.

That prompted Steve Spurrier to make this decision (per WLTX):

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, September 19, 11:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

After being pulled out of the game against Alabama-Birmingham with another injury to his already sore shoulder, South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has some good news about quarterback Connor Shaw's health.

ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting about Spurrier’s comments on his young QB’s injury:

For Gamecocks fans, this is great news for the rest of the season, but it doesn’t mean the team is out of the woods yet. If Shaw were to go out against one of the better teams on the South Carolina schedule, the team would be in serious trouble.

For the rest of 2012, the Gamecocks focus must be on keeping Shaw healthy and upright in the pocket.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 11:49 a.m. ET

Daryl Slater of The Post and Courier in Charleston has the latest on Connor Shaw:

Gamecocks beat writer for The State in South Carolina, Josh Kendall, later reported that Spurrier announced Shaw will start the Week 4 contest. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11:07 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

The State's Josh Kendall passed along this bit of news from Shaw himself.  

So he had a slight fracture in his shoulder, and that was aggravated by playing football? What a shock. 

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This makes sense. The Gamecocks took a 21-6 lead into the locker room and appeared to have the game in hand. Risking Shaw's long-term health—especially with his recent shoulder issues—isn't worth the wager if you're Spurrier and the South Carolina coaching staff.

Before leaving the game, Shaw was 9-of-15 for 106 yards and a touchdown. He had one interception as well.

Shaw's development is of paramount importance for the Gamecocks. Backup Dylan Thompson has performed admirably in his limited duties, but Shaw is the most talented quarterback on the South Carolina roster. If the Gamecocks want to win the SEC East, he must be healthy.

Saturday night's contest isn't a concern, but their Week 4 matchup against Missouri could be difficult if Shaw isn't 100 percent ready to go. With his recent issues, that looks up in the air at this point.

Keep an eye on this situation as more specifics surface.

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