Ed Orgeron announced after practice on Wednesday that USC will be without outside linebacker Morgan Breslin for the remainder of the season.
Breslin needs surgery on his injured hip and could return for a potential bowl game.
Breslin didn’t play in the Trojans’ last two victories over Utah and Oregon State. After a strong 2012 season where he led the team in tackles for loss with 19.5, Breslin’s production in 2013 fluctuated as he was in and out of the lineup.
He missed the season opener, and didn’t play in four additional games.
Moving forward, losing Breslin, arguably one of the Trojans’ best defenders, is a setback for a defense that had regained its footing over the course of the last three weeks.
Fortunately for the Trojans, J.R. Tavai stepped up and has filled in admirably. In his first game replacing Breslin in the starting lineup, Tavai recorded 10 tackles in a win over Arizona.
As for the immediate future, Anthony Brown (knee), Tre Madden (hamstring), Randall Telfer (knee), and Marquis Simmons are all out for Saturday’s game against Cal.
Leonard Williams missed practice and is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Kevin Graf (ankle) is probable.