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SEC contenders dealing with key players injured

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LEXINGTON, KY (AP) -

Playing football in the Southeastern Conference is taking its toll on teams.

Injuries could keep South Carolina's starting quarterback and one of Georgia's star running backs on the sideline Saturday. Florida already lost its starting QB and best defensive player to season-ending injuries in one week.

Top-ranked Alabama is breaking in a new center.

Sure, all teams preach the "next man up" mantra, but there's a reason a player starts.

Backups have turned in admirable performances, but losing talented starters -- even temporarily -- hurts because the skills they possess are not easily replaced by simply turning to the next guy on the depth chart.

The Gamecocks hope QB Connor Shaw can get back in the lineup this weekend, and the Bulldogs wouldn't mind seeing Todd Gurley in the backfield.

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