South Carolina’s premiere defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is currently playing through a foot injury and is going to have surgery on it following the season. Yahoo Sports revealed on Sept. 16, 2013, that the Gamecocks' star defensive player is dealing with some pain, but willing to play through it.
The foot injury actually stems from last year, and it is still giving him a lot of trouble. He said that it is extremely “painful,” but he is going to play through it so as not to miss any time this year.
The 20-year-old junior is considered to be the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, even though some critics are saying that he isn’t playing nearly as well as last year.
Clowney recorded 13 sacks throughout last season, but only has two sacks in South Carolina’s first two games. If he were to have surgery now and sit out the rest of the season, it could possibly play havoc with his draft position.
“It’s painful,” Clowney said. “I’m out here playing on it though. I’m just trying to give it everything I’ve got.”
The pain comes from the bone spurs in Clowney’s foot, but he has confirmed that he will get it “cleaned out after the season’s over with.”
Jadeveon Clowney has already been criticized a good bit this season for being out of shape, lacking conditioning, and not playing all out.