USC Football Spring Camp: Injured Trojans Expected Back After Spring Break

Defensive lineman Rasheem Green at USC football practice on Howard Jones Field. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
Defensive lineman Rasheem Green at USC football practice on Howard Jones Field. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

The first week of USC football spring camp finished up without any major injury concerns, with several Trojans expected to return after spring break.

Rasheem Green, Jalen Greene and the Imatorbhebhe brothers, Daniel and Josh, missed USC football’s first full pads practice on Saturday, but the Trojans feel good on the injury front after the first week of camp.

“We were able to make it through this week without a major injury — knock on wood — and we’ll take a week off, regroup, get fresh again and push again,” Helton said after practice on Saturday, via USC Athletics.

Green suffered a toe injury, but Helton described the problem as “nothing critical.” He is expected to return to action after the week off for spring break.

The same goes for Greene, who tweaked his hamstring, and Daniel, the elder Imatorbhebhe, who sat out with a shoulder problem.

The younger Imatorbhebhe, Josh, missed the whole first week of camp because of an illness, but he too is expected to be available when the Trojans return to action.

USC Injury Report:

  • Out for the spring: CB Jonathan Lockett (hip), C Toa Lobendahn (knee), WR Steven Mitchell (knee), OT Nathan Smith (knee), WR Trevon Sidney (hip)
  • Out: DL Jacob Daniel (hamstring), RB Dominic Davis (concussion), C Nico Falah (back), DL Rasheem Green (hamstring), WR Jalen Greene (hamstring), LB Porter Gustin (hand), TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe (shoulder), WR Josh Imatorbhebhe (illness)
  • Limited: DL Kenny Bigelow (knee), OL Viane Talamaivao (hamstring)

Helton also updated the status of wide receiver Trevon Sidney, who is slated to miss spring camp entirely.

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Sidney needed surgery on both hips, like cornerback Ajene Harris in 2015, a process which requires time.

However, unlike Harris, who missed the entirety of the 2015 season after surgery in the summer, Helton says there is a chance Sidney could return in time to participate in fall camp.

“I think that we did [the surgery] early enough. We’re expecting him to be ready for training camp with what the doctors are telling me,” Helton said. “Obviously when you’re out for an extended period of time, everybody heals differently, but he should be able to contribute, at least on the practice field by training camp.”

With Sidney out, redshirt freshman Velus Jones drew praise from Helton for his competitiveness this spring in the slot. Cornerback Keyshawn “Pie” Young is also slated to switch back to wide receiver to add to the competition for places inside.