CLEMSON -- Clemson left tackle Phillip Price and receiver Sammy Watkins were each listed as probable for the South Carolina game on the team's official injury report Thursday. Both players missed last week's game at N.C. State but are expected to play Saturday night at South Carolina.
Watkins (sprained AC joint right shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday and said he expects to be near 100 percent at game-time.
Price's status was more in question entering the week but Price (sprained MCL right knee) was effective in practice this week. David Smith will replace Brandon Thomas at left guard.
"I was anxious to see him move around (Wednesday)," coach Dabo Swinney said. "Based on what I saw today, I think he can help us … I expect him to play. We cut him loose (Wednesday) and he did really good. You can't even tell anything was wrong with him. That is not a position you can hide guys."
Without Price at N.C. State, the Wolfpack recorded six sacks versus Clemson last weekend. Clemson entered the N.C. State game allowing just 1.8 sacks per game.
Clemson must get back to running the ball effectively to avoid second- and third-and-longs at a hostile Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night. Clemson has rushed for 2.96 yards per carry in its last four games. No Clemson runner has rushed for a 100 yards since Andre Ellington went for a career-high 212 yards at Maryland.
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South Carolina linebacker Antonio Allen on Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: "If youput pressure on him, he kind of folds, but if the protection is right, he's going to thread us all day."
A night start in Columbia might not seem ideal for Clemson, but the Tigers are 5-1 all-time when playing at night at South Carolina. Clemson last won, 23-21, under the lights in Columbia in 2007. Clemson won, 63-17, in a night game in Columbia in 2003.
Clemson had a Thanksgiving meal together Thursday and will travel to Columbia today … USC and Clemson's combined 18 wins is the most entering the game in the rivalry series.