Tre Madden Injury: Updates on USC RB's Hamstring, Likely Return Date
USC running back Tre Madden left Thursday night's game against Arizona and will not return after suffering a hamstring injury, the school announced.
USC RB Tre Madden is out for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 11, 2013
He is listed as doubtful for Week 9 according to Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 17
From the Trojans Twitter account:
USC RB Tre Madden is listed as doubtful for Saturday, while WR Victor Blackwell is likely out as well.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 17, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 13
From Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register:
Tre Madden, Dion Bailey, Xavier Grimble, Victor Blackwell and Kevin Graf also sat out most of practice— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) October 14, 2013
It's unclear when exactly Madden went down with the injury. He was a fixture in the offense throughout the first half, but he had not received a handoff since late in the second quarter. Javorius Allen took over in the backfield for the remainder of that drive, helping lead the Trojans to a touchdown.
The sophomore back had a breakout game going through the first quarter before departing. Madden connected with quarterback Cody Kessler on a 63-yard touchdown pass, and he had five carries for 28 yards.
Madden has been the Trojans' most consistent playmaker this season.
USC has been mired with injuries at skill positions. Expected starting running back Silas Redd made his season debut Thursday after sitting out the team's first five games with a knee issue. Redd's absence has made way for Madden to take over as the primary ball-carrier, and he compiled 583 rushing yards and three touchdowns through the first five games.
This will be just the second time all season that Madden hasn't gone over the 100-yard mark. Redd has taken over primary duties since that initial drive and will likely handle a majority of the carries as long as Madden is out and his health permits.
USC is also without leading receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner Marqise Lee, who sat out with a sprained knee. Thursday is the Trojans' first game under new head coach Ed Orgeron, who took over last month for the fired Lane Kiffin.
The Trojans came into Thursday with a 3-2 record, looking for their first Pac-12 win of the season. They broke out to an early 28-3 lead in the first half, and the offense looked rejuvenated after a difficult start.
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