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South Carolina coach Will Muschamp won't have his top receiver and kick returner, Deebo Samuel, moving forward.

South Carolina football: Deebo Samuel says it’s an ankle fracture

Hale McGranahan

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Just after South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp said Deebo Samuel broke his leg, the redshirt junior wide receiver tweeted a different diagnosis.

Muschamp told reporters after the game that Samuel would be out for the season. Samuel, who caught 5 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the 23-13 loss to Kentucky, tweeted a different diagnosis, shortly after Muschamp’s post-game press conference ended.

“It’s not a broken leg,” Samuel wrote, “Low ankle fracture. We will be back in 5-6 weeks.”

Muschamp said he thought it was the fibula, though he clarified that some of the details were to be determined.

“I don’t have all the information,” Muschamp said, “but I know he’s going to be out for the year.”

Samuel, who is among the nation’s leaders in scoring, entered play on Saturday night with 5 total touchdowns. He returned 2 kickoffs, caught 2 touchdown passes and scored another rushing.

For much of his career, Samuel has been plagued by a series of hamstring injuries, which have forced him to miss time in each of the last two seasons.

“He’s an outstanding teammate, an outstanding friend for me, so it’s going to be difficult,” quarterback Jake Bentley said.