Tailback Chauncey Washington and wide receiver Patrick Turner have been flying around full-speed in practice and should be ready to go this weekend but Josh Pinkard looks like he’ll miss his second straight season.
A year ago, Pinkard, a redshirt junior, suffered a knee injury in the opener at Arkansas and sat out the season after surgery. Then this year “he couldn’t get to the first game,” USC Coach Pete Carroll said of the preseason knee injury Pinkard suffered that at first didn’t seem all that serious with a protective brace sufficient to get him back.
“It’s just a terrible loss,” Carroll said, indicating he hadn’t heard “the official word from the doctors, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to have to get operated on and get some ACL work done.”
Also ready to go at 100 percent is freshman tailback Joe McKnight, now out of his knee brace for a mild MCL sprain.
The longest shot to play, Carroll said, was offensive lineman Matt Spanos, coming back from a torn triceps.
“His will is just bringing him back above and beyond the call here,” Carroll said.