South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger suspended

When the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Missouri Tigers this weekend, they will be without safety D.J. Swearinger.

On Monday, it was announced that Swearinger has been suspended for one game for his hit on UAB’s Patrick Hearn, according to The Associated Press.  Swearinger was assessed a 15-yard penalty on the play.

Swearinger so far in 2012 has recorded ten tackles, an interception and returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown.

Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier said he would talk about the suspension in a conference call on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.  Spurrier did say on Sunday that there was no suspension handed down on a similar play in the Vanderbilt-South Carolina game last week.

USA Today reports that senior Jared Shaw is most likely to replace Swearinger in South Carolina’s upcoming game.  The former walk-on has seen most of his time this season on special teams and has yet to record a tackle.

USA Today also notes that other players that may fill in for Swearinger are senior Akeem Auguste, who was injured in preseason, or freshman T.J. Gurley.

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