South Carolina will be without tight end Nick Muse for the rest of the season.
Will Muschamp announced he suffered a torn ACL. He also announced wide receiver Josh Vann had surgery for a broken hand and will be out for the rest of the regular season.
The coach said defensive tackle Keir Thomas could return to the field this week after missing the first nine games following an ankle infection.
Muse came to Columbia as a transfer from William & Mary. He got a waiver to play this season from the NCAA after South Carolina’s opener against North Carolina.
In eight games, Muse had 17 catches for 158 yards. On a short screen pass against Vanderbilt on Saturday, he went down following a tackle and was grabbing at his leg. He went to the locker room and returned with a large brace around his right knee.
He had come on after a few games of adjustment and given South Carolina a versatile two tight-end grouping. He also hoped to face his brother, Tanner, who plays at Clemson, at the end of the season.
Vann was the team’s No. 4 wide receiver last year and No. 3 receiver this year. He has 19 catches for 171 yards.
Muschamp also said the team expects to get tailback Rico Dowdle (knee), right tackle Dylan Wonnum (ankle), defensive end Brad Johnson (groin), tailback A.J. Turner (hamstring) linebacker Damani Staley (toe) and wide receiver Shi Smith (hamstring) back for the game against Appalachian State this Saturday.
Freshman linebacker Jahmar Brown is nursing a shoulder injury.
Wonnum was out before the game going through some movement exercises with a heavily taped ankle.