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Gamecocks QB Connor Mitch hospitalized for hip infection, out 4-6 weeks

Add South Carolina to the list of teams with injured quarterback concerns. Connor Mitch will miss the next four to six weeks after being hospitalized for a hip infection. Steve Spurrier announced the health status of his quarterback Sunday.

“He got treatment all week, and felt like he was ready to go,” Spurrier said. “I think he probably just got hit again on that deep bruise, and it is an ugly bruise. That probably aggravated it also.”

Mitch was injured in Saturday night’s loss to Kentucky, but it was the hip injury suffered in Week 1 against UNC that is the cause for alarm now. The separated shoulder injury forced South Carolina to roll with Perry Orth, who had shown some good glimpses in the season opener as well in relief of a banged up Mitch. Orth will start for South Carolina in the meantime, and Spurrier says the team is confident in their new starting quarterback.

“We have confidence in Perry,” Spurrier said. “It was unfortunate Connor got hurt, but you have to move on to the next player.”

The prognosis of Mitch coming back in four to six weeks seems promising considering the initial concern about his separated shoulder injury. Spurrier noted that type of injury can take up to a year to recover.

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