USC Football Injuries: Update on Ronald Jones and More (9/11)

USC running back Ronald Jones during practice at Howard Jones Field. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
USC running back Ronald Jones during practice at Howard Jones Field. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

The USC football Injury Report heading into Week 3 includes updates on Ronald Jones II, Noah Jefferson, Marvell Tell and Jamel Cook.

USC football emerged from the Utah State victory with relatively minor injury concerns involving Ronald Jones II and Marvell Tell III.

Jones sat out the second half against the Aggies with bruised ribs.

On Sunday, Clay Helton indicated that Jones is hurting and will be evaluated when the Trojans return to practice on Tuesday. However, the head coach believes he will be available for the Trojans when they face Stanford on Saturday.

The same goes for Tell, who came out of the game because of dizziness. He was checked for a concussion on the sidelines and after the game, actually testing above his baseline.

As a precaution Tell will undergo another concussion test on Monday to make sure there are no lingering affects, but he is expected to be available against Stanford.

USC Injury Report:

  • Out for the season: DT Kenny Bigelow (knee)
  • Out: RB Vavae Malepeai (shoulder)
  • Questionable: S Jamel Cook (foot), DT Noah Jefferson (shoulder), S John Plattenburg (concussion), DT Khaliel Rodgers (hamstring)
  • Probable: RB Ronald Jones II (ribs), S Marvell Tell (concussion), OT Chad Wheeler (foot)
  • Suspended: OLB Don Hill (indefinite), ILB Osa Masina (indefinite)

Two players who didn’t play on Saturday could be set for a return sometime soon as well.

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Defensive lineman Noah Jefferson sat out against Utah State with a sprained shoulder and will be evaluated this week to see if he can return for the Stanford game.

Helton indicated that he is progressing, but his status remains in doubt.

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Freshman safety Jamel Cook was able to practice for the first time last week after an offseason foot injury. The head coach was optimistic about continuing to progress him through practice and hopes to have the added depth at safety soon.

Helton did not update the status of defensive tackle Khaliel Rodgers, who didn’t dress this weekend as he deals with a hamstring injury.