USC Football: Robert Woods Injury Not a Major Concern for Trojans

Erin SorensenContributor IJune 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Robert Woods #2 of the USC Trojans carries the ball against the Washington Huskies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 40-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Robert Woods is going to be just fine.

While news out of the Coliseum may have been less than favorable—an MRI revealed lingering inflammation on Woods' right ankle—the junior is planning to be back on the field by fall.

As quarterback Matt Barkley's favorite target, it is understandable for fans to be worried. Woods opens up the offense and typically makes fellow wideout Marqise Lee more effective. Without a healthy Woods, the USC offense could be in trouble.

However, concerned USC fans can take comfort in the fact that Woods was banged up all through the 2011 season, but was still very productive on the field. Even if his ankle is only at 80 percent by fall camp, Woods should have no trouble playing through it. 

"I thought about it, the possibility of not being healthy for the season, of still being sore, but then I remembered I was sore all last year and I did OK, so I think I'll be alright," Woods told

Woods put up very impressive numbers in 2011, including 111 receptions for 1,292 yards. With a healthy ankle in 2012, there is no telling what he could do. 

With it only being June, the possibility of his ankle healing up is not out of the picture. But even if the ankle remains inflamed, Woods has already shown what he can do when faced with adversity.

So, to the USC fans that are still worried—relax. You still have one of the best wide receivers in the country, injured or not.