USC Trojan Injury Update

The Trojans escaped Seattle with a victory over the Huskies, but the hard fought battle left several Trojans banged up. SCPlaybook's Kevin Carden gets you caught up on the status of all the injured USC players.

Unfortunately most of the news out at Howard Jones field on Monday was about injuries. Throughout the course of long college football season all teams suffer a variety of injuries and the Trojans are no different.

The Offensive line lost two starters on a single play in Saturday's game against Washington. The loss of Kristofer O'Dowd and Chilo Rachal is a big setback, but fortunately the Trojans have as much depth as any team in the country.

After practice O'Dowd said he has a dislocated knee and will have arthroscopic surgery on it today. O'Dowd expects to be sidelined between 2-4 weeks. "I got my MRI back today and I did dislocate it but my MCL and ACL are fine. I did tear off cartilage that was on top of my patella, so I have to go get scoped tomorrow," said O'Dowd.

Right guard Chilo Rachal got injured on the same play as Kristofer O'Dowd at Washington and has a second degree sprain of his MCL. Pete Carroll said he expects Rachal to be out of action for three weeks.

The news for the offensive line got even worse as senior Alatini Malu didn't participate in practice on Monday, because he was having problems with his hamstring. 

"Tiny has a little bit of a hamstring. So we have to get through the week and see how he does," said Caroll. 

Zach Heberer practiced with the first team in place of Malu and Heberer or Thomas Herring will start if Malu is unable to play Saturday.

Wide receiver Travon Patterson has been slowed all season with an injured right foot. "He got hurt unfortunately in camp. To a speed guy like that the thing just wont get better. He can feel it anytime he has to plant on it, and you can tell when he is really gearing up to go full speed he just can't get it done," said Carroll. 

Patterson is out for the year and will seek a medical redshirt.

Stafon Johnson bruised his foot against Washington and was wearing a boot at practice on Monday. Johnson said he had his foot stepped on twice in the fourth quarter. Johnson is day to day and expects to be back practicing by Wednesday.

Cornerback Shareece Wright left the Washington game early with an injured hamstring. On Monday Pete Carroll called the injury a hamstring strain. Wright is day to day and could be held out of the game Saturday.

Cary Harris was back out at practice and looked healthy. Harris had two interceptions on the day. Pete Carroll was optimistic about the possibility that Harris could return against Stanford

"He practiced today. He ran around great and looked good. He is real anxious to get back. He's got some strength tests that he has to get through to prove that he's okay. He will see the doctors tomorrow night and see what they say. He is way ahead of the normal schedule," said Carroll.

CJ Gable was sidelined against Washington because of a nagging groin. Gable is going to have the injury evaluated later in the week.


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