Rory Anderson injury: South Carolina tight end may be back before the season, says Spurrier

Peter Aiken

The Head Ball Coach revealed on Wednesday that the Gamecocks' senior tight end could be ready by the start of the season after previously suggesting he could miss all of 2014.

It can be very difficult to get meaningful injury information out of Steve Spurrier, a man known for throwing out terms like "slight concussion" and "gimpin' around out there" to describe the ailments that befall his players. When he responds to a question about a player's health by saying "Ohhhh, you might want to ask him about that," Spurrier isn't just filling the role of the tight-lipped CEO. You really would be better off asking the player.

So it doesn't come as a great surprise that Busta Anderson's timeline for recovery from a torn triceps, as relayed by Steve Spurrier, has gone from a few months to a year and back to just a little over one month. During an SEC coaches' teleconference on Wednesday, Spurrier revealed that Anderson might even be back for the start of fall practice.

"Buster should be fine with the tricep injury," said Spurrier. "That should heal up in about a month."

Even without Anderson, the Gamecocks are well-situated at tight end with Jerell Adams returning for his junior season and Drew Owens and a handful of young and talented tight ends and H-backs behind him. If Anderson is indeed available in 2014, South Carolina's tight ends will be among the best and deepest position groups in the country. In 2013, Anderson and Adams combined to catch 30 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns, a level of production that was regarded as a minor disappointment compared to preseason expectations.

Don't get too excited, though. The Head Ball Coach reserves the right to drastically modify recovery timetables without notice.

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