Andre Ellington's grade for Saturday remains status quo.
After Wednesday night's practice, the Tigers' leading rusher said that he hopes to play against No. 17 South Carolina, but it still is a game time decision.
"I want to go out there with the guys and play, but it's still a game time decision," Ellington said. "I'm not going to really say what's going to go on now. We're going to wait it out and see."
He said the injury is similar to turf toe, but there's a small fracture to go along with the ligament damage.
Head coach Dabo Swinney kept Ellington limited on Wednesday after putting him through lots of planting and cutting on Tuesday.
There was some expected soreness the day after a rigorous workout.
The most consistent feeling Ellington complained of is nagging.
"You know the injury is there. You feel something is sticking you in the foot—things like that," Ellington said.
He's scheduled to have surgery in mid December, with a recovery time of four months.
"That's why we'll probably go ahead and do it when this game is over," Swinney said. "We have a tentative date.
"Who knows? He could light it up Saturday night, and we'll have to prolong that. I anticipate going ahead and having the surgery after this game—get his rehab process going."
If Ellington were to play in the bowl game, he'd miss most, if not all of spring practice.
"It's kind of a month ahead, if we go ahead and get it done… by the end of spring ball, in April, he'd be bouncing around good. That would be the objective there," Swinney said.
Wednesday Andre Ellington Update
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