Starting center Toa Lobendahn is day-to-day with the season opener fast approaching. Here’s the USC football injury report.
USC football’s offensive line health continues to be a worry as the Trojans get ready for Saturday’s season opener against UNLV.
A number of offensive lineman missed time during Fall Camp with minor knocks and the trend hasn’t lightened up much with the arrival of game week.
The biggest worry lies with center Toa Lobendahn, who missed his second-straight practice with a pectoral strain on Wednesday.
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Head coach Clay Helton described Lobendahn as day-to-day, but when asked if he is expected to play on Saturday his answer was non-conclusive: “We’ll see.”
If Lobendahn can’t go, it would fall to redshirt freshman Brett Neilon to take the reins on the offensive line.
Left tackle Austin Jackson is also dealing with a naggy injury which has his status uncertain for Saturday. He missed time during camp with an ankle sprain. Despite the days off and the heavy ankle tape, he still had to come out for a segment on Wednesday to be tended to by trainers.
On a positive note, he was able to return to the lineup and finish practice.
“As long as he’s practicing and getting reps out here, he looks like he can play but we’ll take it day-to-day,” Helton said.
The Trojans will just have to hope he doesn’t have a setback as the week progresses.
That’s the case for Porter Gustin, who was able to go through another practice without any issues and looks all but certain of participating against UNLV.
USC Football Injury Report
- Out for the season
- LB: Tayler Katoa (LDS Mission)
- RB Markese Stepp (concussion)
- DL Liam Jimmons (toe)
- LB Oluwole Betiku (hip)
- LB Palaie Gaoteote (knee)
- LB Solomon Tuliaupupu (foot)
- OL Jordan Austin (pec)
- OL Austin Jackson (ankle)
- OL Toa Lobendahn (pec)
- TE Austin Applebee (mono)
- TE Josh Falo (hamstring)
- TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe (quad)
- WR Josh Imatorbhebhe (ankle)
- WR Jake Russell (hamstring)
- LB Porter Gustin (knee)
There’s more doubt over tight end Josh Falo, who didn’t take part on Wednesday after Tuesday’s hamstring tweak. Helton called his absence preventative, for what it’s worth.
The head coach ruled out another player for Saturday, though it wasn’t all negative there.
Running back Markese Stepp has finally cleared concussion protocol and will be eased back into practice action this week. Given his lengthy layoff, he’ll have to wait to make his Trojan debut, however.