All-American defensive end Clowney out for 13th-ranked Gamecocks due to bruised ribs

South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is out against Kentucky because of bruised ribs.

Clowney missed practice on Thursday with the injury, but defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said it was likely he'd be in the lineup Saturday night. Clowney was announced with the starters. However, he came out without his pads when the game began.

Clowney has been bothered by injuries and ailments throughout the season. He was ill before games with North Carolina and UCF. Clowney has also been dealing with bone spurs in his right foot, a problem he's had since high school.

Clowney has yet to break out this season as opponents have largely played away from his side. The reigning Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year has just 12 tackles and two sacks.