September 8, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Shaq Roland (4) cannot make this reception as he is defended by East Carolina Pirates defensive back Jacobi Jenkins (8) in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina WR Shaq Roland Cleared For Tennessee Game

The South Carolina Gamecocks will have one of their top weapons back for their game against the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday.

Sophomore wide receiver Shaq Roland, who was suspended after South Carolina’s win against Vanderbilt, has been cleared to play.

Roland was suspended the past three games for what Steve Spurrier would only describe as a “violation of university policy”.

Spurrier said during his Sunday teleconference that Roland has been practicing with the team during his suspension.

Shaq Roland is cleared and back on the team. Yes, he has [been practicing during the suspension]. We don’t worry about who’s starting. The media, the fans seem to worry about who’s starting. I’m not sure if he’ll start, but he’ll be ready to play.

Roland had eight catches for 161 yards and a touchdown in three games before his suspension.


Other injury concerns for the Gamecocks 

Spurrier also mentioned that right guard Ronald Patrick and linebacker Skai Moore are doubtful for Saturday’s game.

Ronald Patrick is probably a little bit more severe with a high ankle sprain than Skai Moore with a slight concussion. It was not a helmet-to-helmet. He sorta bumped into Phillip Dukes as Phillip was sprinting toward the ball carrier and sorta caught him upside the head with his hip area. So hopefully it was nothing more than a bonk on the head and not a real concussion, we’re hoping. But we’ll do all the tests and hold him out of practice for five days and make sure he’s cleared to go… They’re probably both listed as doubtful right now. As the week progresses, we’ll see how they come around.

South Carolina and Tennessee kick-off on Saturday at 12:00 pm ET on ESPN

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