The injury issues for sixth-year senior Josh Pinkard continue to add up.
Pinkard has had two season-ending knee injuries already in his college career, and now he is expected to miss the Emerald Bowl with a knee injury that he suffered in USC's loss to Arizona, Pete Carroll announced after Sunday's practice.
"He did hurt his knee on the last play," Pete Carroll said. "He was out of bounds and he just caught it wrong. When you look at it on film, he didn't get hit or anything, but he twisted it."
Carroll didn't discuss the extent of the injury.
"I know he is out for this game," Carroll said. "I don't know if he needs surgery yet or not."
Wright missed the entire regular season after being ruled academically ineligible, but has practiced with the team, and is optimistic that he will be eligible when grades are posted on Dec.23rd.
- Senior safety Will Harris remained hospitalized overnight with an infected tooth.
- Cornerback Brian Baucham returned to practice and Carroll continued to rave about his toughness.
- Utility man Garrett Green made a surprising return to the practice field on Sunday with a brace on his right leg. Despite having a torn ACL, Green has been cleared to hold on kicks.
"It's crazy but he is getting back out. The doctors cleared him to do the holding right now," Carroll said. "We will see what else he can do in the next couple of weeks. It just goes right in line with the kind of kid and competitor that he's been."
- Pete Carroll said that freshman Jarvis Jones' injury is more serious than first thought and is being held out of action until he gets a thorough evaluation from doctors.
"It's very serious. He's recovered now, but the doctors are still talking about what his situation is all about, trying to make sure that they did the right thing and they don't want to rush him back," Carroll said. "That's why he's not playing now. There is serious talks about his long term effects.
"He has a spinal column thing that they are talking about. They are trying to make sure that he is safe. They have to make sure that everything is alright.
"We are just going to hold him out now and then take the time to do a really good, extensive evaluation."
- With all of the outside activities surrounding a bowl game, Carroll said that he plans to pay close attention to the freshmen on the trip to make sure that they stay focused on the game. "This is a particularly active area where we will be staying," he said. "The distractions are just outside the front door…We will watch them very closely to make sure that they know how we do this."
- Freshman cornerback Byron Moore had his second interception in as many days.
Garrett Greem made a surprise return on Sunday.
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