Jadeveon Clowney enters the Bluff Rd. practice facility on Oct. 9, 2013.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has returned to practice, fresh off the controversy over him not playing in last Saturday's Kentucky game.
Clowney was wearing a shoulder pads and shorts as he entered the school's Bluff Road practice facility Wednesday afternoon.
Tuesday, Head Coach Steve Spurrier and Clowney both spoke with the media to clear the air after what Spurrier called a "poorly handled situation" regarding an injury sustained by Clowney. Previous Coverage: Clowney Says He's Committed to the Team
Shortly before the Kentucky game, Clowney told Spurrier that he was hurt and couldn't play. In post-game comments, Spurrier seemed to express frustration, saying that if Clowney "doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play."
The comment led to speculation around the nation about the relationship between the player and the coach, and if Clowney was more worried about his NFL career than playing for Carolina.
Spurrier Tuesday came to Clowney's defense, stating that fans and the media shouldn't question Clowney's desire to play for the Gamecocks. He also explained that proper protocol about notifying staff of an injury wasn't followed.
Clowney told reporters he's never wavered in his commitment to play for USC and is working to return as quickly as possible from his rib injury. According to him, the injury has limited his mobility and his ability to run.
A decision on whether Clowney will play Saturday against Arkansas is expected perhaps as early as Thursday.