COLUMBIA -- South Carolina defensive lineman Melvin Ingram, the reigning two-time Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week, entered Tuesday's weekly press conference with a walking boot on his left foot.
Ingram, who leads the SEC in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (7.5), injured his foot against Auburn and is listed as doubtful for this Saturday's game with Kentucky. He is not expected to practice this week.
Gamecocks defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson told a Columbia radio station that Ingram would probably not play this weekend.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is a little more optimistic. "(Ingram) thinks he can play. Now whether or not the trainers and doctors clear him, we'll just have to wait and see," Spurrier said. "He's definitely not going to practice this week. There's a chance he may not be able to play this week."
Spurrier said it's not the same foot Ingram injured that forced him to miss the entire 2008 season.
"That's the good news," Spurrier said.
Ingram said he won't know his status until later in the week. "I really don't know, it's a day-by-day thing."
A few good men
On at least two occasions during South Carolina's final possession against Auburn, the Gamecocks' offense had just 10 players on the field. It happened earlier in the game as well, Spurrier confirmed Tuesday.
"We were changing formations and a guy came out and that was my fault," Spurrier said. "We wanted to stick Alshon (Jeffery) in the position where we could hopefully get him down the field. So we had a little confusion, a guy came out. Fortunately, we didn't have any penalties."
On one play, an observant Bruce Ellington noticed the Gamecocks were a player short and ran onto the field and played running back.
"Bruce Ellington ran in there and played tailback one play," Spurrier said with a chuckle. "Did you see that? Somebody said there's 10 in there. He ran in there and stood back there next to Stephen (Garcia). I think when he hit Alshon down there."
Auburn had some similar substitution issues.
"They had 10 on the field a few times, too," Spurrier said. "That first touchdown that we threw to Alshon, Auburn had 10 defensive guys on that play."
Nunn likely out
USC left tackle Kyle Nunn was in street clothes on Monday and didn't practice again on Tuesday because of a nagging back injury.
Nunn missed last weekend's game with Auburn.
"Kyle still has a bad back," Spurrier said. "He hasn't practiced yet, so he's doubtful."
Rokevious Watkins will most likely move from right tackle and start at left tackle, and backup Cody Gibson will start in place of Watkins at right tackle. Spurrier said that true freshman Mike Matulis will be worked into the rotation at tackle. Matulis started against Auburn, but was pulled from the lineup in the first half after a holding penalty and giving up a sack.
Miles wearing a cast
Running back Kenny Miles continues to recover from a sprained wrist. Miles, who rushed for 626 yards during the 2009 season, has played in three games, but has just one rushing attempt. He came into the season listed as Marcus Lattimore's backup. Miles was wearing a cast at Monday's practice.
"Kenny was able to catch the ball a little bit better," Spurrier said. "But again, he really had a badly sprained wrist and it's just taking a while, but he's got a cast on it now."