Injuries have rocked the USC Trojans' running-back position as they wage a Top 25 battle against the Stanford Cardinal.
UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
Silas Redd back in the game for #USC. Made a smart play on 3rd down, too, playing the ball in case officials called it a backward pass.— USC Football News (@USCFootballNews) September 16, 2012
With the third just getting underway, USC still leads, 14-7.
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USC is going to have to rely heavily on the golden arm of quarterback Matt Barkley after an injury to running back Silas Redd followed an injury to Curtis McNeal. While McNeal has been able to return to the game, Redd's availability is still up in the air.
For Redd, this was truly a case of adding insult to injury, as he fumbled on the play that caused what appeared to be a left-shoulder injury.
InsideUSC tweeted this update to give us a clue on the nature of the injury:
Silas Redd walking off the field slowly. Favoring shoulder.— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 16, 2012
DonBestSports also tweeted this info about Redd and his backfield partner in crime, McNeal:
USC RB Silas Redd suffered an apparent side injury & is considered questionable to return. RB Curtis McNeal (side) is back in the game.— DonBest.com (@DonBestSports) September 16, 2012
The return of McNeal is great news for the Trojans, as they were temporarily reduced to having a freshman running back and a fullback to carry the rock.
They enter halftime up, 14-7.
Still, the Trojans will feel the loss of Redd. He already rushed for both USC touchdowns in this one.
In his first season with USC, after transferring from Penn State, the junior entered this game with 24 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown. Last week, Redd rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries.
With the Nittany Lions last season, Redd rushed for 1,241 yards at 5.1 yards per carry and seven touchdowns.