Following practice on Saturday interim coach Clay Helton said Silas Redd’s knee injury is worse than initially believed, and he all but stated the senior running back wouldn’t be available for the Las Vegas Bowl.
If Redd is unable to play, it would be a disappointing finish to a season in which he appeared in only six games.
In two of those six games, Redd made brief appearances, carrying the ball a total of 11 times.
Also questionable for the bowl game is Tre Madden, who has never truly managed to bounce back from a hamstring injury he suffered against Arizona on Oct. 10.
If Madden and Redd are unable to play, the success of the running game will fall on Javorius Allen, Justin Davis, and Ty Isaac.
Carrying the load is something Allen should be familiar with at this point, and his emergence this season earned him the team’s player of the year award.
As previously reported, the Trojans will also be without offensive linemen Marcus Martin and Aundrey Walker, who were both injured in the loss to UCLA on Nov. 30.
On top of dealing with player injuries, the Trojan coaching staff is also shorthanded as Pete Jenkins and Ed Orgeron are no longer with the staff.