Monday Practice: Sanchez Uncertain

With the availability of Mark Sanchez uncertain for this weekend's matchup against Arizona State, Mitch Mustain prepared with the first-team offense on Monday. Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from Howard Jones Field.

Sanchez Availability Uncertain

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't practice on Monday after suffering a bone bruise in his left knee in the Trojans 44-10 blowout of the Oregon Ducks.

Sanchez injured his knee when he was dragged down from behind by Oregon defensive end Nick Reed, who is a close friend and former teammate of Sanchez at Mission Viejo High School.

"It was pretty nasty," Sanchez said after watching video of the play. "That's not the way my leg is supposed to bend.

"I was just worried that it might be a little more serious but we got the x-rays and the MRI and it's all negative.

"I think there is definitely a shot to play Saturday and I really want to get back."

After practice, Pete Carroll said Sanchez's availability is still uncertain at this point.

"He's got a swelling issue," Carroll said. "It's not too bad but there is a little bit. Give him a couple of days and see where he is."

Backup quarterback Mitch Mustain got the majority of the reps with the first-team offense on Monday and will get the start if Sanchez isn't available.

Bradford has Torn Labrum in Hip

USC tailback Allen Bradford missed Saturday's game against Oregon with what was described as a sore hip, but today we learned that the injury could be much more serious.

After practice, Bradford said he has a torn labrum in his hip, and was unclear about his status for the remainder of the football season.

"It's a labrum tear," Bradford said. "In (fall) camp I kind of got tackled wrong," Bradford said. "It was hurting after (fall) camp, but I didn't tell any of the trainers and I played through it, but then last week I couldn't play through it."

Bradford hopes to return to the field soon but will be cautious and could redshirt if the injury forces him to miss an extended period of time.

"I want to come back as soon as possible and play but I'm not going to go out there and injure myself even more," said Bradford. "I'm just worried about getting healthy now.

"If I miss three or four games, I think I will probably just medical redshirt."

News and Notes

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following his impressive performance against Oregon. It was the third time Sanchez has received the honor this season…Linebacker Luthur Brown is expected to be cleared by team doctors on Tuesday…Mike Morgan is still recovering from the concussion he suffered against Oregon and didn't practice Monday. Carroll expects Morgan to be available against Arizona StateRey Maualuga wore a knee brace and worked on agility drills with the training staff. If Maualuga isn't available on Saturday, Carroll prefers to keep Brian Cushing at middle linebacker…Pete Carroll had high praise for Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter. Carroll called Carpenter, "one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He is very tough."

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