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Wednesday October 17, 2012 Muschamp, Spurrier provide mid-week injury updates

Updated: 4:29pm, October 17

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gators coach Will Muschamp remains hopeful that his team will be near full-speed Saturday against South Carolina.

Speaking earlier today on the SEC’s weekly media teleconference, Muschamp said three starters who missed last week’s game at Vanderbilt – linebacker Jelani Jenkins (hamstring), right tackle James Wilson (eye) and defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) – have returned to practice.

Muschamp added that he expected starting center Jon Harrison (arm) and left tackle Xavier Nixon (upper body) to be fine for today’s practice.

As he said Monday, Muschamp reiterated the biggest question mark is receiver Latroy Pittman (ankle). He remains questionable.

Meanwhile, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said his team has been battling a flu bug that has made the rounds.

“Hopefully everyone will be OK and ready by the weekend," he said.

Spurrier also touched on the status of sophomore defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, who threw a punch in Saturday’s loss at LSU. TV replays showed Quarles throw a punch at LSU center P.J. Lonergan early in the first quarter.

“We do have plans to discipline Kelcy for that,” Spurrier said Wednesday. “I guess you could call it a punch. I’ve seen bigger punches, but he did throw [one] at him. I don’t know if the LSU guy even knew he threw it, but I saw it. We don’t condone that.”

At his Sunday press conference, Spurrier told reporters that Quarles is also dealing with a shoulder injury.

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