Lee returns to practice

After watching his Trojans beat Arizona from the sideline, receiver Marqise Lee returned to the practice field Tuesday...

USC receiver Marqise Lee was back to practice Tuesday afternoon since leaving the Trojans Sep. 28 game against Arizona State in the fourth quarter with a sprained knee.

Interim head coach Ed Orgeron said after practice he did not know Lee's exact status, but thought Tuesday's practice was a promising step toward his return.

"He came out today, I wasn't expecting him to practice as well as he did today but he came out, did some things," Orgeron explained. "I've got to talk to [the trainer], but he looks good any time he's out here."

Lee, who was forced to sit out in the Trojans 38-31 win over Arizona on Thursday night, said he expects to be 100% by Saturday, when USC faces Notre Dame in South Bend (Ind.).

"I had a great day today," Lee said after Tuesday's practice. "I think I'm coming around okay."

Lee worked out after Tuesday's practice, catching passes from Orgeron (Yes, from Orgeron) before catching a few more from freshman quarterback Max Browne.

The junior says from "his point of view" he'll play on Saturday, however, he must wait on the final call from his head coach. "It depends on how he thinks I feel," Lee explained. "But I'll let him know the truth. Right now, I think I'm feeling okay and I think I had a great practice. I came out here and did what I was supposed to do so I should be playing."

Lee admitted he was afraid when he first went down at ASU, fearing the worst. "A knee injury is no joke," he explained. "There are numerous amount of players on our team who had knee injuries and that's something I didn't want. I was scared.

"I expected the worst when it first happened."

Lee said his mind wasn't at ease until test results came back negative.

In five games, Lee has caught 30 passes for 385 yards and a touchdown.

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