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Pinkins has partially torn rotator cuff

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina quarterback Dondrial Pinkins has a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, an injury the team first said was a bruise.

Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz said Wednesday surgery is not an
option for Pinkins, and it is not known when the senior starter
might get back into action.

Pinkins has not played since undergoing an MRI on Oct. 4.

Pinkins remains questionable for the Oct. 30 game against
Tennessee, Holtz said. South Carolina is off this week.

"Dondrial cannot throw much right now. I don't know when he
will be able to," Holtz said.

Pinkins said he is being careful rehabilitating the shoulder so
he doesn't completely tear the rotator cuff.

Second-string quarterback Syvelle Newton also will miss practice
this week with a sprained left ankle.

Blake Mitchell and Michael Rathe played quarterback for South
Carolina last week against Kentucky. Rathe threw a game-winning
touchdown pass in the final 2 minutes in the Gamecocks' 12-7
victory.

Holtz expects Newton to be ready to play the Volunteers.