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Injured Clowney hopes to get back on field soon

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Clowney talks to the media on Tuesday. (Oct. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) Clowney talks to the media on Tuesday. (Oct. 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is making comments for the first time after sitting out this past weekend's game.

The Gamecocks coach said Sunday the 6'6" tall, 274-pound Clowney had strained muscles around his ribs.

At a post-practice press conference, Clowney told reporters that his rib injury is legitimate.

"I am not looking to sit down. I am here for my team," he said.

Clowney has come under criticism from Gamecock fans and foes alike since he sat out Saturday's game against Kentucky.

To that, Clowney said, "People are talking about me and they don't know me. It doesn't bother me."

Clowney is considered the top prospect in April's NFL draft. He pulled himself out of the Gamecocks' 35-28 victory over Kentucky a short time before kickoff, telling coach Steve Spurrier he was in too much pain to play.

Spurrier said he didn't want anyone in pain to get on the field. South Carolina travels to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas on Saturday. It's too soon to say if Clowney will play against the Razorbacks.

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