The Trojans had a big 35-7 must-win over Boston College on Saturday afternoon, but for a team saddled with sanctions restricting their number of scholarship players, health is key. Freshman wide receiver Darreus Rogers was the headline casualty against BC, while running back Silas Redd remains out of the fold.
Rogers came up lame in the first quarter, with what is an apparent foot injury. USC remains mum on Rogers’ injury, with the only official word coming midway through Saturday’s game, when the school announced that he wouldn’t return.
According to Scott Wolf, Rogers has a high-ankle sprain. Whether or not that’s accurate, we’ll never know, as Lane Kiffin has elected to keep the details of all injuries under wraps.
If in fact it is a high-ankle sprain for Rogers, it would seem likely that he would be out for a week or more, as was the case with Troy Polamalu back in 2002.
Bleacher Report has an extensive article about Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White and his high-ankle sprain, in which they breakdown the impact and effects of the injury. According to their research, a low grade high-ankle sprain does have the ability to played through, which White has done for the Falcons.
When asked about Rogers during Sunday night’s conference call, Kiffin just provided a canned answer on how he hoped that the freshman would be able to go on Saturday, when the Trojans host Utah State.
Kiffin repeated the same sentiment for Silas Redd, who missed his third straight game over the weekend, and has yet to suit up in what is his senior season.
Redd is recovering from a knee procedure conducted by Dr. James Andrews two weeks ago, and hasn’t practiced with the Trojans since. He could play as early as this week, but he’ll remain questionable until he’s able to practice.
Unlike Rogers, who plays a pivotal role as the Trojans’ third receiver in a very thin receiving corps, Redd is slowly becoming a luxury, while in the middle of being Wally Pipp’d. In place of Redd, converted-linebacker Tre Madden has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his first three games, becoming the first Trojan to do that since Marcus Allen in 1981.
One other notable player is currently injured, and that’s defensive back Leon McQuay III. He hurt his shoulder on special teams, and left the game while hanging his left arm. McQuay’s status at this time is unknown.