South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Shaw is expected to miss two to three weeks after spraining his right shoulder early in the team's 28-25 win over Central Florida on Saturday.
Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier gave the timetable for his quarterback's return to reporters after the game.
Shaw was hurt when he was trying to run for a first down. He was hit and fumbled on the play, and he was grabbing his shoulder as he came up off the ground. He was taken to the locker room and returned to the field with his arm in a sling and ice on his shoulder without his pads on.
Dylan Thompson, who replaced Shaw, will now be the starter for the next few weeks. He finished 15 of 32 for 261 yards with one interception and a rushing touchdown against the Knights. While Thompson saw a lot of time spelling Shaw last year and has appeared in three of four games this year, the Gamecocks' offense is much different without Shaw. They lose his running ability and hard-nosed mentality, and Spurrier seems to lean a bit too much on Thompson's arm.
Spurrier also said running back Brandon Wilds is expected to miss two to three weeks after dislocating his elbow in the game Saturday.
Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.
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