(NEW YORK) — South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s spring is in question. Clowney sprained his neck last week when he collided with defensive tackle J.T Surratt during practice and wasn’t cleared to practice on Tuesday.
“My back and neck are hurting me,” Clowney said on Tuesday. “I should be OK coming out of spring ball. I should be coming around soon, hopefully.”
Clowney enters the 2013 season as a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and a top pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but may have to miss the rest of the spring.
“It’s not really about being out here. It’s about learning the playbook,” he said. “We put in some new stuff, so all I have to do is learn the play calls. The rest of it I’ll catch up on.”
Clowney had 13 sacks last season for South Carolina.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN