QB Shaw misses practice again for No. 14 Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw has missed practice for a second time this week due to the same virus that sidelined him at the beginning of last Saturday's win at Missouri.

Shaw missed Monday's practice and did not attend Tuesday's session either as he recovers from the virus. He is questionable for Saturday's game against Mississippi State. Early Tuesday, head coach Steve Spurrier said he did not know exactly what illness Shaw is battling.

The quarterback was also coming off a sprained knee when he entered the game against the Tigers in the third quarter and rallied the Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) from a 17-point deficit to a 27-24 double-overtime victory. That injury was originally expected to keep Shaw out of action for up to three weeks. Instead, he didn't miss a game.

Shaw threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, earning the SEC's offensive player of the week honors.

Spurrier says backup Dylan Thompson would start against Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2) if Shaw can't play. Thompson has been taking snaps with the first team in Shaw's absence.

Running back Brandon Wilds also practiced Monday and Tuesday after missing four games while recovering from a dislocated elbow he suffered at Central Florida last month. He worked out in pads on Tuesday but did not participate in contact drills.