Redd returns to practice

Sidelined since spring practices, USC senior tailback Silas Redd was back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon and expects to make his debut next Thursday night against Arizona...

USC senior Redd never expected his recovery to take this long.

The tailback tore his meniscus in the first two weeks of spring practice. A usual recovery would have had him more than ready to participate in drills when fall camp opened in August.

But undisclosed complications led Redd to fly to Pensacola (Fla.) when USC flew to Hawaii for the first game of the college football season. In Pensacola he underwent a procedure performed by renown surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Redd has remained sidelined through the Trojans first five games of the season.

He returned to practice on Wednesday, participating in all drills. "I am healthy," Redd said after practice. "I am out here, I am good."

Redd called the first practice under interim head coach a "high intensity" day. "We played with a little more reason," he explained. "There was a little more team on team, and that's always fun because of the competition. It was a great day today."

Redd says he expects to make his season debut against Arizona on Thursday Oct. 10.

It is unclear at this point how he will fit in the tailback rotation with Tre Madden and Justin Davis, though Davis did go down during Wednesday's practice with an ankle sprain.

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