The LA Rams didn’t draft or sign a single USC football player over the week, but that doesn’t mean Trojans won’t play at the Coliseum on Sundays this here. Here’s your 2016 NFL guide to watching Projans in Los Angeles.
LA Rams 2016 Schedule at Coliseum:
Dallas Cowboys (8/13) — PreseasonThe first opportunity to watch former Trojans at the Coliseum comes with the LA Rams first preseason game which will kick off against the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to the Rams’ McDonald, USC fans can watch offensive lineman Tyron Smith and Charles Brown in their return.
Kansas City Chiefs (8/20) — PreseasonIt’s a one-sided affair for USC when it comes to the second preseason game at the Coliseum. The Chiefs won’t be bringing any former Trojans with them.
Seattle Seahawks (9/18)The Rams’ home opener figures to be one of the hottest tickets in town as the first competitive NFL game played at the Coliseum in more than 20 years. Not only will pro football be back in LA, but it’s the return of former USC head coach Pete Carroll, along with Trojan alums Mike Morgan and George Farmer. The 2016 NFL Draft weekend only added to the intrigue of that match up, as Trojan running back Tre Madden signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.
Buffalo Bills (10/9)Two weeks later, another trio of Trojan players will take the Coliseum field once again, as 2016 sixth round draft pick Kevon Seymour, Robert Woods and Nickell Robey of the Buffalo Bills come back home. Trojan greats Dennis Thurman and Tim McDonald will also be on the sidelines as assistant coaches on that October day.
Dec 13, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) runs off the field at halftime against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Carolina Panthers (11/6)Wes Horton’s last game at the Coliseum was a loss to Notre Dame in 2012, so he’ll be looking to leave with better memories he and Ryan Kalil return with the Carolina Panthers in November.
Miami Dolphins (11/20)The Miami Dolphins feature tight end Jordan Cameron. Given how seldom used he was as a Trojan, seeing him play an NFL game at the Coliseum could be a fun new football experience for USC fans.
Atlanta Falcons (12/11)It’s another Trojan-Rams only outing in December when the USC-less Falcons come to town.
San Francisco 49ers (12/24)Marcus Martin’s Christmas Eve festivities will include playing at the Coliseum for the first time since he suffered a knee injury against the Bruins in his final game as a Trojan.
Arizona Cardinals (1/1)Next to the Seahawks’ trip to LA, the New Year’s Day regular season finale might be the most intriguing for USC fans. It marks 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer’s first trip back, along with Frostee Rucker and Matt Barkley. The only question is how much the then 37-year-old Palmer could play in Week 17.