Clowney misses practice for No. 13 South Carolina

South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did

not practice Thursday because of bruised ribs, but is expected to

play against Kentucky on Saturday night.

Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward says Clowney was

held out of drills because of the ribs. Ward says he’ll be in the

lineup for the 13th-ranked Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern

Conference).

Clowney has also dealt with bone spurs in his right foot this

season that the 6-foot-6, 274-pound lineman has had since high

school.

Clowney is the reigning SEC defensive player of the year. He has

two sacks this season as opponents have generally played away from

Clowney’s side on offense.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says Clowney has played hard

this year and is doing well.