Jadeveon Clowney to Have Foot Surgery After 2013 Season
South Carolina defensive standout Jadeveon Clowney is dealing with lingering pain in his right foot that gets progressively worse as games go on, and he plans to have surgery after the season to eliminate the problem.
Matt Connolly and Rudy Jones of the Spartanburg Herald Journal passed along the comments from Clowney, who's viewed as an elite NFL prospect due to his pass-rushing ability.
"It only bothers me when I'm out there. It just builds up pain," he said. "The more I keep going the more it bothers me."
Clowney plans to have surgery this offseason to fix the problem.
"I'm going to get it cleaned out after the season's over with," he said.
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20:
According to NFL.com's Chase Goodbread, Clowney wouldn't be ready for the NFL Scouting Combine if he waits to have surgery until South Carolina's offseason:
Assuming the 2-1 Gamecocks qualify for a high-level bowl game in early January, that means Clowney would only have about six weeks between surgery and the combine, which will be held Feb. 18-25 in Indianapolis.
And that's probably not enough recovery time, according to surgeon Phillip Kwong of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
"I don't think that's likely to happen. I think it would take at least six weeks, but more like in the area of two months, three months, eight to ten weeks would be more likely," Kwong said. "He's going to have to do quick, explosive moves, accelerate, decelerate, change directions. He'll be sprinting, running hard, that type of thing. I would think six weeks, depending on what it is, I don't think he could be at full speed."
Clowney was one of the biggest stars in college football last season. The Gamecocks defensive end racked up 13 sacks and had 54 total tackles, more than 20 of which were for a loss.
In other words, he was a dominant force along the defensive line. He made an impact on a weekly basis that few other defenders at the collegiate level could match, which generated hype about his ability once he reached the NFL level.
His junior season hasn't been as impressive in the early going. He's tallied just 10 tackles and two sacks through three games while leading a defense that's giving up more than 25 points per game.
Those struggles aren't all his fault, of course. His supporting cast hasn't been as strong, and when that's paired with an increased focus on him by opposing offensive coordinators, he just hasn't been able to make his presence felt quite as often.
Perhaps the foot injury is leading to the lack of explosiveness, but it can't be anything serious or he would head for surgery as soon as possible rather than at season's end. It sounds like something he just plans to deal with until the offseason.
He'll get a chance to rest the bothersome foot, as South Carolina has a week off following its victory over Vanderbilt.
Clowney and the Gamecocks will return to action in two weeks against UCF.
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