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Roughed Up Gamecock Geathers Will Miss Opening Game

August 25, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina defensive coach Ellis Johnson says he expects suspended defensive end Clifton Geathers to miss the Gamecocks opener at North Carolina State.

Geathers was arrested Sunday by Columbia police and charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for his role in a fight. Geathers’ booking photo showed his right eye swollen shut and a bandage just underneath. Johnson told multiple media outlets after Monday’s practice that Geathers had a crack in the orbital bone and planned to visit a specialist to see if there’s any muscle or nerve damage.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier indefinitely suspended Geathers after the arrest.

Regardless of Geathers’ suspension status, Johnson says Geathers would need at least two weeks to recover and wouldn’t play against the Wolfpack on Sept. 3.

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