Matt Barkley Injury: Latest Updates on USC QB

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Matt Barkley Injury: Latest Updates on USC QB

Matt Barkley was trying to lead the University of Southern California Trojans' comeback late in the fourth quarter on Saturday, but a sack left him on the ground for an extended period of time.

Update: Thursday, December 27 at 2:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Barkley had the following comments following the news that he would not be able to play in the Sun Bowl:

He added (via Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register):

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Update: Thursday, December 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET

In a sad turn of events, Matt Barkley will not be participating in his final game as a USC Trojan.

The senior signal-caller has officially been declared out for the team's Sun Bowl matchup against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by coach Lane Kiffin, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.


UPDATE: Monday, December 3 at 4:44 p.m. ET

Great news for USC fans as Matt Barkley is expected to play in the team's bowl game later this month, according to USA Today's Staff.

Matt Barkley will get one last chance to leave Southern California on a high note, and it will come against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl...

... 'He hasn't gone to a bowl game the last couple years, so it's a chance to go to one and finish off strong for him and for the senior class,' Kiffin said. 'It's a great opportunity for us.'

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UPDATE: Saturday, November 18 at 9:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Separated shoulders are not minor injuries, and unsurprisingly, it will take Matt Barkley longer than one week to recover.'s Ryan Abraham reported the following via Twitter on the USC quarterback's status for the team's next game:

The Trojans are hosting No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday, and losing their star QB is a major blow. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, November 17 at 10:43 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Bad news, Trojans fans. According to CBS Los Angeles, Barkley suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday's loss to UCLA:

Not only does this hurt the team, but Barkley has to feel sick about not entering the NFL draft last year. This is an injury he can recover from, but it only adds to the disappointing season NFL scouts will look at as April approaches.

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UPDATE: Saturday, November 17 at 7:39 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN Radio's Beto Duran, Barkley left the stadium in a sling:

With Notre Dame coming up next Saturday, it's hard to predict how Barkley will feel, but the Trojans will need their starting quarterback if they want to unseat the Irish.

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USC Athletics announced it via Twitter:

It's hard to tell how serious the injury is. Barkley eventually got up and walked off the field under his own power, but backup quarterback Max Wittek did take the field.

Stay tuned for updates.

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