USC started the season off at lightning pace with Saturday’s win over Fresno State, but some key injury concerns during Tuesday practice could slow the Trojans heading into Stanford.
Among the injured were All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams, true freshman starting offensive guard Damien Mama and Pac-12 Player of the Week Cody Kessler.
Kessler said he injured his toe during the game on Saturday, but he assured media at practice that it was a minor knock and he would be good to go on Saturday. Sarkisian revealed during the post-practice media scrum that he had a small procedure done and would be back to work Wednesday.
Since the redshirt junior did not practice, freshman back up Max Browne got the majority of reps Tuesday.
Williams left practice after rolling his ankle, but Sarkisian said it was not a serious concern.
The big man Mama went down clutching his knee on the second-to-last play of the practice. According to media present, he was able to walk off the field on his own after being checked by trainers. Sarkisian called it more of a “scare” than an actual injury.
In other injury news, USCfootball.com’s Ryan Abraham pointed out that running back Tre Madden didn’t suit up for Tuesday practice. Sarkisian also addressed his status after practice saying that his turf toe was getting better, but had a little ways to go before getting back to 100%. His status for Stanford is in question.
Though the Trojans don’t seem to have suffered any major injury blows this time, the scares put USC’s situation into harsh perspective.
With Khaliel Rodgers still in the process of returning from the knee injury which kept him out of the opener, and limited depth on the other side of the line which Williams occupies, nearly every injury will be of great concern going forward.