South Carolina loses CB Akeem Auguste for the beginning of the season

The South Carolina secondary started the day thin and got thinner by the afternoon when the team announced that senior cornerback Akeem Auguste underwent a "procedure" on his right thigh muscle Sunday and would be out indefinitely.

The university did not specify whether the procedure was surgical or a timetable for his return, but said Auguste would be re-evaluated in four-to-five weeks.

Auguste has battled injuries before. He missed all but one game a year ago with a foot injury and had already missed several days of fall camp with a groin injury. South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward originally said he wanted to give Auguste the weekend off to make sure he was fully healed, but changed his tune and allowed Auguste to participate in Saturday's scrimmage. Unfortunately, that's where August reaggravated his injury.

South Carolina only returned one returning starter - free safety D.J. Swearinger — and were hoping Auguste would provide some much-needed experience after he started 10 games at free safety as a sophomore in 2010. Junior Jimmy Legree, who started two games in 2011, likely will replace Auguste while senior Jared Shaw and redshirt freshman Ahmad Christian also could see some time.

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