According to Michael Lev of the OC Register, WR Robert Woods will wear a custom-fitted brace on his ankle for the 2012 season.
Woods began wearing the brace on Friday at USC’s players-only team workout. Though he did not participate in the throwing sessions, he did do some slight running on the sidelines.
The brace is intended to prevent bone-on-bone rubbing in the ankle, which has resulted in lingering inflammation since his surgery. Ankle braces are common in athletics, especially amongst wide receivers; USC’s own Damien Williams and Mike Williams (no relation), in their respective tenures with the Trojans, work braces similar to the one Woods is now sporting.
Woods had surgery on his right ankle in December, after originally injuring it in April 2011. He played the entire 2011-2012 season on it, and after the explosive start he had, the injury started to show itself. Still, he led the conference with 111 receptions, making USC’s passing game something to talk about. After the surgery, it was believed that he would be able to do spring ball, but the lingering inflammation has kept him sidelined.
The trainers say they want him to keep the brace on for the duration of the season, as it will help him stay near 100-percent. Before he had the brace Woods was expected to participate in fall camp, so now this new development should definitely ensure that he is ready come August 6th.
Led by Woods, USC has an incredibly stacked WR corps, with Marqise Lee complimenting him on the opposite side of the field. Backing them up are redshirt senior De’Von Flournoy, Sophomore George Farmer,redshirt freshman Victor Blackwell, and incoming freshman Nelson Agholor.