21 one players were out during USC's Tuesday practice. Not just limited, but entirely unable to participate in drills.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin admitted the injury status of his team was heading in the wrong direction to close camp. "I don't know how we did this, but we went backwards," he said. "It is very concerning."
On Tuesday, day 18, not one of three scholarship tight ends was available to play.
The sideline-trend also continued for left tackle turned right guard Aundrey Walker. Walker missed time to start camp due to a concussion. When he returned he was moved from left tackle to right guard. Now, Walker is sidelined again with an undisclosed injury. "We anticipate him practicing tomorrow," Kiffin said. Walker walked gingerly around the field during Tuesday's session.
"These guys who have been missing so much time, it's obviously a big concern for us," Kiffin said. "[Tailback] D.J. Morgan hasn't practiced basically all camp, and none of those other [tailbacks] have really played in a game."
Asked if fall camp panned out who he envisioned, Kiffin said "I don't know," before referencing the "massive amounts of players not practicing… but we were physical though," he quipped. "We were a physical team… no worries everybody."
You might want to be worried.
Redd may not be ready to go
Kiffin was rather forthcoming about the health status of senior tailback Silas Redd.
Redd has missed significant time of fall camp as he continues to rehabilitate from spring knee surgery. Redd has participated the last two days of practice wearing a yellow no-contact jersey.
"He is very limited in the drills he is doing right now," Kiffin said. "Obviously our goal is to continue to push him slow out here until he's fully healthy."
Asked if Redd will be available to play in the Aug. 29 season opener at Hawaii, Kiffin said "I'm not sure that he will be… but I hope so."
Wednesday in the Coliseum
The Trojans final practice of fall camp will be held in the Coliseum, but it will not be a true scrimmage.
"We won't be tackling," Kiffin explained. "We will divide the guys so that we can really practice a game for the first time where the main guys are together."
Kiffin says his squad still needs to rep the substitutions from offense to defense and special teams. "It won't be a physical scrimmage. It will be much more about organization really."
The quarterbacks will continue to be evaluated during Wednesday's practice. "Command of the huddle, you're still going to have decision making," Kiffin said. "You're still going to have a lot of opportunities there to make plays and control your offense."