Clowney will likely miss rest of spring practice

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - South Carolina defensive standout Jadeveon Clowney is likely being shut down for the rest of spring practice because of a neck injury.

The star defensive end was in street clothes at Tuesday's practice, missing another workout due to a sprained neck that appears will put him on the shelf for the immediate future.

"His neck and back is still stiff. Whether he goes another snap, I don't care," said Gamecock defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

The injury is not expected to be a problem by the time fall practice comes around.

"I should be okay after spring ball I should be coming around soon hopefully," Clowney said. "It's not about being out here (at practice), it's about learning the playbook. All I've got to do is learn the play calls. The rest of the stuff I can catch up on, like running and stuff."

Clowney was not expected to do a lot in the Garnet and Black spring game on Saturday even if he wasn't dealing with the neck issue. In the past, Steve Spurrier has not focused the spring game on his defensive players, opting to showcase his offense instead.