Better safe than sorry.
Matt Barkley's bruised shoulder will be evaluated throughout the week to see if there is any further damage...
USC quarterback Matt Barkley's right shoulder remains sore from a bruise suffered during the third-ranked Trojans' victory over Ohio State, and he will be evaluated further this week, Coach Pete Carroll said Sunday night.
"We'll have to find out what it means," said Carroll, whose team begins Pacific 10 Conference play Saturday at Washington. "We'll probably go easy on him till Tuesday and see where we are."
Barkley was hurt in the third quarter against Ohio State when he was hit after throwing a pass that fell incomplete.
USC called a timeout after the play so Carroll could assess the freshman's condition, but Barkley stayed in the game and eventually led the Trojans on a fourth-quarter drive that gave them an 18-15 victory.
Carroll said he had considered turning to Aaron Corp and that he instructed the third-year sophomore to warm up after Barkley was hit.
"I told him we might need him," Carroll said.
Corp was No. 1 on the depth chart until he suffered a cracked fibula on the third day of training camp. He will take first-team snaps this week if Barkley is sidelined for workouts.
Either way works for me...
As long as we come out with a win I trust the coaching staff to make the right move here. It is clear that they are being extra careful not just because it is BArkley but also because they still have visions of Booty/Stanford in their head.
If Corp is ready to go and Barkley is a little shaky then PC just has to flip the switch and away we go. I really don't have any reason to be concerned.
SC will be ready...