Matt Barkley Injury: Separated Shoulder Has USC Trojans QB out Versus Notre Dame

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IINovember 18, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday 11/18 at 9:15 PM

Matt Barkley is officially out for the Notre Dame-Southern Cal game on 11/24. Fox Sports Lindsey Thiry reported it on her twitter:

Lane Kiffin confirms Matt Barkley is out for Notre Dame.

— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 19, 2012

Barkley out means that Max Wittek will be the starter. The Fighting Irish just got that much closer to a National Championship. It will be tough for the redshirt freshman to take on the top notch Irish defense with the poor offensive line that the Trojans have.


UPDATE: Saturday 11/17 at 11:05 PM

Matt Barkley has a separated shoulder according to CBS Los Angeles:

Report: Matt Barkley has separated right shoulder -- his throwing arm

— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 18, 2012

That should take him out for the Notre Dame game. A separated shoulder injury to his throwing shoulder will normally have a quarterback on the sidelines at least 2-4 weeks. Should Barkley somehow play, he will be in a ton of pain all day and would hurt USC more than he would help them.

There's still no official word out of Southern Cal's football program, but it's because they don't like to talk about injuries with the press. Lane Kiffin once walked out of a press conference because he got asked injury questions. (h/t College Football Talk's Ben Kercheval)


Matt Barkley has a possible arm or shoulder injury. Erin Andrews of Fox Sports is reporting that the Trojans quarterback left the stadium today in a peculiar situation:

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. @duransports: Matt Barkley leaves Rose Bowl w right shoulder in sling "we dont talk about injuries" #usc instagr.am/p/SJpeKSnlyw/

— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) November 18, 2012

With his arm in a sling and Southern Cal very hush-hush on injuries, it will make for a very interesting week in Los Angeles. Barkley is the heart and soul of the Trojans, and any injury to his arm will affect the Trojans both on and off the field.

How Does This Impact the Trojans Moving Forward?

As with any injury to a starting quarterback, the Trojans need to be careful with how they deal with Barkley. If they try to rush him back too quickly, he could do permanent damage to his arm while earning minimal impact.

The Trojans have a rivalry game up next versus a Notre Dame Fighting Irish team that could end up headed to the national championship game this season. If they try to push Barkley back for that game and Manti Te'o and the Irish defense get to him one too many times, they could effectively end his season by worsening the injury.

According to USC's official website, Barkley's backup is 6'4", 235-pound redshirt freshman Max Wittek. Wittek has looked good in limited duty, going 5-of-6 for 55 yards and a touchdown so far this season. However, both games he played were against terrible defenses in Hawaii and Colorado.

If Barkley can't go against Notre Dame and the game is left to Wittek, expect the Trojans to fall to 7-5. Whether Barkley plays or not, the game versus Notre Dame will be a tough one. The Trojans just actually have a shot at winning if Barkley can get healthy before the huge matchup.

All stats used are from ESPN.com and cfbstats.com. 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL draft website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.

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