After a one-day absence from all team activities, USC fullback Stanley Havili returned to practice Saturday.
Havili was held out of team meetings, workouts and Friday's practice following an altercation with cornerback T.J. Bryant the previous week that resulted in a broken cheekbone and surgery for Bryant.
Coach Lane Kiffin said Bryant and other players pushed him to allow Havili to return to the team.
"I talked to a number of our players that came to me, including T.J, that were there with the situation and really felt Stanley should be back and part of the team, basically begged me to bring him back," Kiffin said.
"The biggest thing for me was T.J. explaining to me this thing was done eight days ago right after it happened. Stanley apologized to him and they had moved on."
Bryant and Havili spoke to the media together following the Trojans' shortest practice of fall camp, a mere two and a half hours, and said they had already put the incident behind them.
"That's old news," Bryant said. "That happened a week ago and we made up that day. Everything's been fine ever since then.
"Nobody needs to miss practice. I mean, we were both at fault. We both just made a bad decision and for him to sit out, the team needs him. The team needs everybody right now. We all need to come together and be as one. For him to be sitting at home, that doesn't make sense."
Havili thanked Bryant and others for their support.
"A lot of guys came to bat for me. That's what teammates are for," Havili said. "There is unconditional love on this team. Me and T.J. forgave each other right away and I'm pretty sure my teammates forgave me and forgave him."
Havili was largely inactive because of a pulled hamstring, limited to the first 45 minutes.
Kiffin said he could have used that as an excuse to hold Havili out longer and appease public sentiment.
"I think you guys that know me know I don't concern myself with the perception of people outside of our program. I'm concerned about our players and how they are and how our team is and our staff and people inside of our program," Kiffin said. "We could have kept him out today and said we were keeping him out longer to please people outside of our program if we wanted to because he really didn't do anything anyway."
Asked whether Havili could face further punishment, Kiffin said it was unlikely as of now.
Kiffin said he was pleased with how the team performed ahead of Sunday's scrimmage, its first practice in full pads.
"We're going along at a good pace and not going through the motions," Kiffin said. "I'm pretty pleased with where we're at now, especially mentally."
Asked what he expected to see tomorrow, Kiffin said he was looking to see if the team can maintain its strong start.
"It really goes to the next level of things. It's one thing when you're not in any pads at all and now you've put on half pads. Some guys start to disappear a little bit with that and fall off."
-Wide receiver Kyle Prater (hip) and offensive tackle Matt Kalil (hamstring) were extremely limited.
-Wide receivers De'Von Flournoy and Brandon Carswell, tight end Blake Ayles (hamstring) and offensive tackle Martin Coleman (concussion) did not practice.
-Defensive end James Boyd left practice after injuring his right knee. Kiffin called Boyd one of the surprises of fall camp so far.
-True freshman Christian Thomas worked at defensive end.
-Kiffin again praised freshmen wide receivers Markeith Ambles and Robert Woods. Ambles had several impressive catches Saturday, while Woods was called a faster version of former USC receiver Steve Smith.
"The two Zs, which we call the flankers, have really stepped right in and done a phenomenal job," Kiffin said. "They don't look like freshmen. They've really had a bunch of reps, bunch of big plays. They are not screwing up alignments much at all. We're really excited about those two."
-Taft defensive end Antwaun Woods and Beverly Hills defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. attended practice.
Freshman wide receiver Markeith Ambles has had an impressive start to fall camp.
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