South Carolina standout wide receiver Juice Wells was sidelined for most of the Gamecock’s loss to Georgia on Saturday. Head coach Shane Beamer had a somewhat positive, if not definitive update on his injured player after the game.
Beamer doesn’t think the injury to Wells’ left foot will be season-ending, he said after the game. He added that Wells will see a specialist on Tuesday to get a full diagnosis and go through potential treatments.
“Yeah, he wasn’t able to finish. We’re going to let him see a specialist on Tuesday this week and should have a better idea then. I don’t think what it is is necessarily season-ending. We feel like it’s something that he’ll be able to play with and we’ll know a lot more here on Tuesday,” Beamer said.
Wells apparently injured his foot on the first drive of the game as he scored the opening touchdown for South Carolina. He took a pass near the line of scrimmage and wove through defenders to open the scoring, not appearing to be injured.
But as he came to the sideline, Wells was apparently struggling and had his left shoe off. He went to the injury tent and was eventually carted to the locker room before returning to the sideline to watch his teammtes.
Beamer said during the game he suspected Wells had broken a 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.”