Muschamp gives loaded injury update after Louisiana Tech

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The Gamecocks can't escape the injury bug.

After finding out Bryson Allen-Williams was going to need season-ending shoulder surgery Friday, Cory Helms was injured on the first drive of the game.

The Gamecocks missed a field goal on their first drive and Helms walked off the field with the help of trainers and was evaluated on the sideline before heading to the locker room.

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He came back out in the second half in a T-shirt and athletic shorts and was on crutches. Will Muschamp said after the game it was an ankle sprain and he’s listed as day-to-day.

“We don’t think it’s extremely serious,” Muschamp said. “It’s more of an Achilles than it is an ankle sprain. We think he’ll be day-to-day.”

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Muschamp said if Helms is tough enough to where if he is available to play, he likely will next week at Texas A&M.

Dante Sawyer, who injured his hamstring last week against Kentucky, was held out of Saturday’s game as a game-time decision. He dressed and was in full pads but didn’t get in the game.

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He should be ready for next week’s game. Alexander Woznick was also not available to kick against Louisiana Tech with a groin injury. Parker White, who won the starting job last week, nailed the game winner.

Bryson Allen-Williams, who was one of the more versatile players on defense, was one of the bigger blows for the team. His injury comes a week after Deebo Samuel fractured his fibula.

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The senior linebacker hurt his shoulder last week and tried to practice leading up to Saturday’s game. He was held out of contact drills in Tuesday’s practice and went back to the doctor for another test and it was discovered then surgery was necessary.

Allen-Williams, who has a redshirt available, took to Twitter after the game to assure fans he’ll return next season for his fifth and final year as a Gamecock.

He has 10 total tackles this season and two sacks in three starts.

“He’s going to have to have surgery; we kind of finalized that on Friday as much as anything,” Muschamp said. “I’m disappointed for Bryson but he does have a redshirt so he will be back. I just hate that it happens.”

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