Nov 1, 2014; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) gets by Southern California Trojans defensive tackle Claude Pelon (90) during the second half at Martin Stadium. The Trojans won 44-17. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
USC football defensive lineman Claude Pelon has a high ankle sprain, Steve Sarkisian confirmed after practice Wednesday.
Pelon suffered the injury during Monday’s practice and had to be carted off the field after evaluation from trainers.
“We had him in a boot today. He was walking,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll test him pretty significantly tomorrow.”
The recovery time for a high ankle sprain is usually in the area of six weeks to an even more extended period, depending on the severity of the injury. Since the coaches expect to be able to test Pelon’s capability on Wednesday there is a possibility that the sprain is on the minor side of the scale, which would allow the player to come back much more quickly.
Other Trojans have come back in surprisingly short amount of time after suffering similar injuries. Leonard Williams had a high ankle sprain before USC played Stanford last season and still made an impact playing the whole game.
Still, without knowing the severity of the sprain it is tough to expect Pelon to suit up for the Trojans this week, or perhaps for the next few weeks while the ankle heals. His status could be questionable for USC’s trip to Notre Dame and perhaps the home tilt against Utah.
With Pelon likely out or hobbled, USC will need to rely on Antwaun Woods to remain available despite his own shoulder and pectoral injuries. Freshman defensive tackle Jacob Daniel is also dealing with a hamstring injury at that position.
On the positive side of things, Sarkisian confirmed that Kevon Seymour will be ready to go against Washington at cornerback while receiver Darreus Rogers, who has sat out of practice for a week, will be a game-time decision on Thursday.
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