After everything Connor Shaw endured and suffered through to lead the Gamecocks back from a three score deficit on the road last weekend, it would be truly shocking if any lingering symptoms of his stomach virus kept him out of Saturday's home game against Mississippi State. But the coaching staff is, understandably, taking taking things slowly their senior signal-caller and preparing for the possibility that he won't be ready.
"Connor Shaw still has a virus," Steve Spurrier said during his weekly press conference. "He's sick. He's not going to practice [Tuesday afternoon]. If he's unable to go, Dylan [Thompson] will be ready."
Connor Shaw suffered his first grisly injury of the 2013 during South Carolina's 28-25 win over Central Florida on Sept. 28, re-injuring the shoulder that he hurt during the 2012 season opener. Brandon Wilds also went down in that contest with a hyper-extended elbow and has not made it back onto the field since, leaving the Gamecocks' once-deep stable of running backs unexpectedly shallow. But, according to Spurrier, Wilds might be available this Saturday for the first time in over a month.
"Brandon did practice last night," Spurrier said. "He was running around. I believe he is scheduled to suit up and be ready to go this week. So there's a chance he could be out there running on Saturday."
Wilds' presence in the backfield would be a welcome sight for Gamecock fans, considering the increased workload that Mike Davis has had to bear and how narrowly #28 has avoided horrible injuries over the past couple of weeks.
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