South Carolina’s offense took a major blow in the first quarter against Georgia when wide receiver Juice Wells left the game with an injury. He ended up heading to the locker room on a cart, and Shane Beamer said he likely suffered a broken bone in his foot.
CBS sideline reporter Jenny Dell spoke with Beamer ahead of the second quarter of Saturday’s game, and he predicted Wells’ day was likely over. However, he recently had surgery on that foot, which is why Beamer was initially optimistic about how much time Wells would miss.
“He’s done right now,” Beamer said. “Think he may have a little bit of a broken bone in the foot. The good news is it’s the foot we just did surgery on, so he’s got a screw in there that stabilizes it. So there’s hope. I doubt he comes back today, but we’ll see what happens going forward.”
In the meantime, Beamer said it’s on the entire South Carolina roster to step up in Wells’ absence. It’s not just the wide receiver position, either. It’ll be a team-wide effort to try and bounce back against the top team in the country.
“All our guys,” Beamer said when asked who needs to step up. “We’ve got weapons on offense. Obviously, Xavier Legette, all of our receivers, our tight ends. We talked all week, we’ve got to have each other’s backs out here — offense, defense, special teams. We’ve got enough playmakers. We’ll be okay.”
More on Juice Wells’ injury against Georgia
South Carolina jumped out to an early 7-0 lead over Georgia at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Shortly thereafter, Wells headed to the sideline and was looked at by the medical team. He then ended up going to the locker room on a cart.
Dell provided an update at the time with more details, noting he took his shoe off and looked frustrated.
“He came over to the sideline and went straight into the injury tent. When he came out of the injury tent, he was without his left shoe on. He was visibly frustrated when he tried to even put any weight on that left leg. He is currently in the locker room now,” Dell said.
On the first drive, Wells had two receptions for 32 yards and the opening touchdown. He’s one of South Carolina’s most dynamic offensive weapons, and the Gamecocks will need to make do without on the road against the top-ranked Bulldogs.
On3’s Andrew Graham contributed to this report.