South Carolina is starting to feel the effects of the "injury bug."
The Gamecocks offense will be without two options this weekend when Navy comes to Columbia to take on South Carolina. True freshman Shon Carson and redshirt junior D.L. Moore both have injuries and will miss the game this weekend.
Carson suffered a knee injury in the Georgia game on his only carry of the day. Carson limped off the field under his own power but after further tests, it appears that the knee injury is much more serious than expected.
Coach Spurrier didn't announce what type of injury it was, but teammate Marcus Lattimore said it was an ACL injury. Carson will miss the rest of the 2011 season and will apply for a medical redshirt season.
Carson had worked his way into a backup role for running back Lattimore and was a different style of runner than the sophomore from Duncan, South Carolina. Carson added a bit more speed out of the backfield and a more shifty style of running than Lattimore's approach.
He was also involved in the "wildcat" formation and was part of the kick return group with one return this season against East Carolina. His injury will force Kenny Miles to become the number two option for South Carolina.
D.L. Moore is one the starting wide receivers for the Gamecocks who provides some experience and a big body for quarterback Stephen Garcia with his six-foot-four inch frame. He's a hard worker and was expected to be a bigger part of the offense in 2011.
Moore hasn't had the opportunities so far through two games but the Gamecocks passing game hasn't been up to par yet either. His absence this week will give senior Jason Barnes another opportunity to step up for South Carolina.
South Carolina's defense also has a few injuries themselves with cornerback Akeem Auguste questionable with a foot injury and cornerback C.C. Whitlock with a neck stinger. Whitlock is expected to play this weekend but it's unlikely Auguste takes the field against Navy. The hope is to have him ready for Vanderbilt on September 24th.
Injuries are a part of the game and South Carolina will need to have the next guy ready to go this Saturday.