At the rate he's going, first-year USC coach Lane Kiffin might elect not to practice by the time the season actually gets here.
Already forgoing the morning session of two-a-days in favor of a walk-through using the ball, Kiffin said Thursday that only the Trojans' next two scrimmages would feature full pads and full contact.
"We will tackle Saturday, and we will tackle the next Saturday, and that will be it," Kiffin said.
That decision to dramatically limit contact for the remainder of fall camp comes after defensive end Nick Perry suffered a high ankle sprain during Wednesday's goal line work.
"We tried going one drill live and we can't afford to do it," Kiffin said. "We will do no tackling or any live drills at all besides preseason game two and three."
Kiffin also cited limited numbers on the roster, even cracking a joke about the sanctions delivered in the Reggie Bush case.
"We won't do it in four or in practice or ever again until about four years from now," said Kiffin in reference to NCAA probation.
"We ran a drill with quarterbacks at receiver yesterday. It was a reminder, as we go into it, that injuries are going to happen. Guys are going to get banged up. We just have to be smart about it."
For a program used to intense practices, it represents a dramatic change.
"This is completely foreign to myself, to Ed Orgeron," Kiffin said. "This is nothing that is anything about what we're about. But you've got to (not) be stubborn and change. The first day of pads we normally do the old Oklahoma drill, but we just can't do it."
Good News For Perry
After being carted off the field Wednesday, Perry was relieved with the diagnosis of a high ankle sprain.
"It's not a big issue," said Perry, who led the Trojans with eight sacks last season. "I'll be back in a week. With rehab and everything, I think I'll be good for the first game."
Kiffin was more cautious.
"We've seen those before where somebody says two weeks and it ends up being four weeks. Those are always tough and when they come back, they aren't necessarily full speed," he said.
The loss of Perry leaves USC with just two experiences ends, Armond Armstead and Wes Horton, and plenty of uncertainty behind them exacerbated by Malik Jackson's transfer.
"With Malik being gone, there's not a lot of answers there," Kiffin said. "We moved Derek Simmons to end. We played him out there some. He did some good things. Kevin Greene's still young. James Boyd's just got over there."
Kiffin said Devon Kennard, competing with Chris Galippo at middle linebacker, would not move back to end.
-OL Butch Lewis (groin strain) could return to practice as early as Monday after being cleared by a hip specialist.
"It was a weight off my shoulders," Lewis said.
-Kiffin praised CB Nickell Robey as one of the true freshman set to contribute this season.
"There's no doubt Nickell is going to play for us a lot on special teams and defense," Kiffin said. "We're going to give him a chance to be a starting corner across from Shareece."
-Freshman Christian Thomas worked at defensive end.
-WR Robert Woods (knee) returned to practice, catching a touchdown pass from Mitch Mustain to close the evening practice.