Bad news for two Trojan players this weekend:
A day after returning to practice and being medically cleared to play against Notre Dame, the USC safety left Wednesday’s session early when his surgically repaired right knee didn’t feel right during warmups. Neither Trojans coach Pete Carroll nor secondary coach Rocky Seto could forecast Ellison’s availability for Saturday.
Since this was reported it has been decided that Ellison will not play in the Notre Dame game. This is crappy for Ellison on so many levels. As a senior not only this would have been Ellison's last opportunity to play in the coliseum, but he also must be thinking about the NFL draft. Hopefully he'll get everything feeling right again with some rehab and be ready to go against ucla and whoever our bowl opponent is.
USC’s frontcourt depth took another hit Wednesday night with the loss of redshirt sophomore forward Kasey Cunningham for the season because of a knee injury.
Cunningham underwent an arthroscopic procedure to remove torn cartilage in his left knee. An examination of the ACL showed that it needed reconstruction, and it was repaired at that time.
What a star crossed career it has been for poor Kasey. After injury during his senior season caused him to take a redshirt, he missed the next season due to an ACL tear. Apparently the fall he took against Missouri turned out to be about the worse case scenario as Cunningham will now miss the remainder of the season. It seemed pretty clear that Kasey could have made an impact this year after a nice showing in the exhibition and solid numbers off of the bench against Missouri, but I guess he will have to wait for next year once again.
Good luck Trojans and Fight On!
*Quotes taken from the OC register USC Blog