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USC WR Robert Woods still not medically cleared

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Robert Woods #2 of the USC Trojans gets ready for the game with the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Wide receiver Robert Woods #2 of the USC Trojans gets ready for the game with the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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This is a bit alarming, but Robert Woods is still not cleared to practice because of his ankle injury.

Woods underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery last December to fix torn ligaments that bothered him throughout the 2011 season and was supposed to be cleared to participate in practice by March. But he was later ruled out for the duration of spring practice, with the stated hope of being fully healthy for fall camp beginning the the first week of August.

The junior wideout said Friday he is expecting to get the OK shortly, as soon as a final MRI is taken and approved by university doctors. In the meantime, he has worked out privately with Matt Barkley in an attempt to maintain timing with the Trojans' starting signal-caller.

The article goes onto say that Woods hurt the ankle playing basketball.

Disappointing that guys can't blow off some stem without potentially getting injured.

In reading up on this, repairing ligaments in the ankle arthroscopically is relatively new...

Not sure if this is the same type of repair that Woods had. That type of repair appears to be more for chronic conditions.

Anyway, a bit disconcerting. USC needs Woods healthy if they want to make a run for the title.