Quarterback JT Daniels and linebacker Cameron Smith returned to practice on Tuesday along with others in the USC football injury report for Oct. 30.
USC football opened Oregon State week with a handful of promising injury returns, giving the Trojans a boost as they enter the final month of the season.
Quarterback JT Daniels was cleared from concussion protocol on Tuesday and was able to practice in full. He took first team reps, as expected, after head coach Clay Helton declared on Sunday he would retain his starting job when healthy.
The Trojan offense also saw right tackle Chuma Edoga able to practice. He missed the end of USC’s loss to ASU with a knee injury.
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There was even more good news on defense as linebacker Cameron Smith practiced in full pads without incident, seeming to make progress back from a nagging hamstring and knee concern.
Safety Marvell Tell, who sat out the ASU game because of stingers, was fully available on Tuesday as well, somewhat easing the mountain-sized concerns over USC’s depth in the secondary. He was joined by cornerback Olaijah Griffin, who was back after struggling with a shoulder injury over the past few weeks.
One defender who is in doubt for the weekend is linebacker Levi Jones. The sophomore hurt his hip against ASU and did not practice on Tuesday. However, Helton was hopeful he could return late in the week.
During Tuesday’s practice, linebacker John Houston did spend some time at the trainer’s table, though the concern did not appear to be serious. Tight end Austin Applebee left practice early with an apparent injury while left tackle Austin Jackson did not finish the day at left tackle.
USC Injury Report
- Out for the season
- LB Porter Gustin (ankle)
- LB Tayler Katoa (LDS Mission)
- DB Isaiah Pola-Mao (shoulder)
- K Chase McGrath (knee)
- QB Matt Fink (ribs)
- TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe (quad)
- DL Caleb Trembaly (knee)
- LB Oluwole Betiku (hip)
- LB Solomon Tuliaupupu (foot)
- DB Talanoa Hufanga (back)
- DB Isaac Taylor-Stuart (ankle)
- DB Chase Williams (knee)
- LB Levi Jones (hip)
- QB JT Daniels (concussion)
- OL Chuma Edoga (knee)
- LB John Houston (hand/rib)
- LB Cameron Smith (hamstring)
- DB Olaijah Griffin (shoulder)
- DB Marvell Tell (neck)
Other players who missed time last week but were able to go on Tuesday include offensive lineman Jacob Daniel and tight end Tyler Petite.
Though still unlikely to feature any time soon, true freshman linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu continued his rehab from a foot injury, working with a trainer while wearing a helmet for the first time in his recovery.