Deebo Samuel returned to South Carolina practice Tuesday evening, but the redshirt freshman wide receiver was unable to last the length of the session.
That leaves a major question mark about Samuel’s status going into the Gamecocks’ game Saturday against Tennessee.
“He practiced with us last evening, but we held him out late again,” South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
“I don’t know if he tweaked his hamstring or whatever he did. He had a limited amount of reps. We’ll reevaluate him today at practice to see if he can go. For a guy that’s been out that long, I don’t know if we’ll be able to get him the reps needed to be polished enough to go out there and play on Saturday.”
Samuel has not played since the UGA game on Sept. 19.
For perspective, Steve Spurrier was still the Gamecocks’ coach the last time the receiver suited up.
Samuel sustained a hamstring injury in South Carolina’s season opener against North Carolina and played in the following games against Kentucky and UGA, but he has missed five straight since.
In three games played, Samuel has hauled in three receptions for 30 yards and returned one kickoff for 24 yards.