Originally created 12/13/01

Kitchings may not play until after Christmas

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Tony Kitchings may not play again until after Christmas because of two concussions this month.

Kitchings was examined Monday and will be checked again Dec. 17, coach Dave Odom said Wednesday.

"After talking with our medical staff, they felt that it would be best for us to act on the side of caution," Odom said. "We want to give Tony as much time as he needs to recover completely."

Kitchings sustained a moderate concussion Dec. 1 while taking a charge in a win over Colorado State. He missed the Providence game Dec. 3, but played against Georgetown on Dec. 6 and Clemson on Dec. 8.

The second concussion came late in the Clemson game when he took a knee to the head. A CT scan that day indicated no swelling or bleeding around the brain.

Kitchings most likely will miss the Dec. 18 game against South Carolina State and Dec. 20 against The Citadel, Odom said. After Christmas, the Gamecocks play Charleston Southern on Dec. 28.


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