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Rico Dowdle

Rico Dowdle injured his right knee on the first play of South Carolina’s 38-27 loss to Florida on Saturday and will be evaluated, Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp told reporters.

“We’ll do an MRI tonight and we'll know more tomorrow,” the coach said. 

“I hate that he went down. Praying for him,” said Gamecock running back Tavien Feaster, who rushed for 175 yards. “I hope he has a speedy recovery and everything’s OK with him.”

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Gamecock senior A.J. Turner, who has played both running back and defensive back during his career, was moved strictly to running back two weeks ago but was inactive Saturday because of a hamstring injury.

Dowdle injured the knee on the first play of the game. He fought through traffic and ducked under several Florida defenders before falling two yards shy of the first down.

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But the six-foot, 215-pounder went right to the sideline limping and holding his knee. He was taken to the injury tent and soon after walked with a trainer to the Gamecock locker room. He returned to the sideline before halftime, wearing a brace on the knee.

Dowdle injured an ankle earlier this season during South Carolina’s game against Kentucky but has not missed any games this season. The running back, of course, has a history with injuries. Among the several, he broke his leg in 2017 and missed five games and also missed this past spring with a groin injury.