Steve Sarkisian updated the injury status of several USC players, including offensive tackle Khaliel Rodgers, running back Tre Madden and offensive guard Jordan Simmons ahead of Saturday’s clash with Fresno State.
Rodgers is recovering from a knee injury which will likely keep him out of the season opener, though he could be available in an emergency role. He returned to practice in pads Wednesday but he will remain a “game-time decision.” In his place, the Trojans are set to start true freshman Damien Mama, with
The coaches would like to slow play Madden’s return from his turf toe injury. The running back remains in a boot and while Sarkisian hesitated to use the word “concerned” he did express a desire to be “cautious” with regard to pushing him back too soon and aggravating the problem.
Considering Madden’s injury history, caution is likely a good tact. After all, he missed much of 2013 with a nagging hamstring injury and toe injuries can be especially susceptible to that kind of issue. With Javorious Allen, aka Buck, and Justin Davis available to carry the load, Sarkisian can afford to get Madden back to full speed.
Simmons, who has spent the past year recovering from a 2013 knee injury, is nearing his return, though he has been ruled out for Saturday. According to Sarkisian, he will be week-to-week going forward.
In other injury news, Lamar Dawson was back in pads today as he continues to work his way back from last season’s knee injury.