Jeff Byers injury update

Trojan sophomore offensive lineman Jeff Byers underwent successful hip surgery last week and is back at USC undergoing rehab with the Trojan training staff.

"Jeff had the surgery last Tuesday and he had rehab twice a day through last Sunday before he headed back to USC," said his father Al Byers. "Today he was in the pool for 2-3 hours with Coach Bailey getting his work in."

Byers underwent surgery on his right hip at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. The clinic specializes in joint work on athletes and is the same facility Kobe Bryan visited on a memorable trip two years ago. Jeff had originally undergone surgery last winter to repair a tear in the cartilage of the hip joint but in this most recent surgery he also had spurs shaved off the bone at the head of the femur.

"The doctors said everything went as expected," said Al Byers. "This particular problem with the hip is difficult to catch and it happens to a lot of athletes. Guys like Mario Lemieux and Priest Holmes went through similar procedures, there were NFL offensive linemen in there at the same time as Jeff getting the same surgery. There is a lot of hope that he will come back with more flexibility and greater movement."

The normal recovery time for the surgery is 15-16 weeks which means that Byers is effectively out for the entire season. When he checked in for his physical he weighed 298 and the goal by the time he comes back to playing shape is for him to be around 310 pounds.

"He's fine with this right now, I mean, it is what it is," said Al Byers. "It's always tough when you have a chance to do something special like win three in a row and you can't take part but he got to contribute last year as a true freshman and not too many guys get to do that. Coach Carroll said of the Top 100 offensive linemen in his class Jeff was the only one not to redshirt. He's also been playing football every year since forever so this will be a chance to for him to use this as a learning experience. He was pretty excited the other day when he plotted a course with his academic advisors for him to get an MBA by the end of his redshirt senior year."

Good luck to Jeff with his rehab and we look forward to seeing him back on the field soon.


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