Injuries a concern going into rough stretch 

September, 24, 2013
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As the Trojans prepare for an important three-game stretch of games against Arizona State, Arizona and Notre Dame, it’s time to take a look at the injury status for some key positions.

The most glaring injury absence right now is tailback Silas Redd, the projected starter and leading returning rusher from last year who has yet to see action in 2013 while recuperating from a spring knee injury. Redd even underwent a procedure earlier this month in Florida with noted Dr. James Andrews in an attempt to get back on the field sooner. It hasn’t helped, although Redd did at least dress for the Utah State game.

In the four games without Redd, however, the Trojans appear to have found a lead tailback in Tre Madden, along with a promising freshman in Justin Davis. It remains to be seen where Redd would fit in the rotation if he does return soon. His hard running presence would be welcome but it’s hard to imagine him completely replacing Madden at the moment.

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