Despite destroying Colorado 56-28 on Saturday, the USC Trojans still had worries entering this week's practice schedule -- injury worries. Several key players came out of the game nicked up even though the Trojans substituted heavily in the second half.
One of the biggest concerns was acquiesced on Tuesday when freshman cornerback Adoree' Jackson practiced. Jackson did not play after the first couple of series of Saturday's game because he re-aggravated his hip flexor injury on the Trojans' opening kickoff return. The injury occurred when he tried to leap over a diving defender.
"Coming into the game I was a good percentage enough to play," Jackson said in a media scrum after the game. "That's what it is. I was back on kickoffs because I was able to do things I'm capable of, but after that I re-aggravated it and lessened my percentage."
But on Tuesday, Adoree' Jackson was back to full speed and head coach Steve Sarkisian said he expects Jackson to play at Utah on Saturday.
"He came out of the game not as bad as we maybe first initially thought," Sarkisian said after practice. "He's done a good job with his rehab and he was able to get back on the field and really do quality work."
The Trojans also saw the return of receivers Ajene Harris and George Farmer, who both missed the Colorado game with hamstring injuries. Sarkisian said they both "practiced more," but Harris told TrojanSports.com that he wouldn't know until later this week if he'd be able to return this weekend.
Senior defensive leaders Gerald Bowman (sprained foot) and Hayes Pullard (knee), on the other hand, dressed out, but did not do much during practice on Tuesday. They were mostly limited to stationary bikes, according to TrojanSports.com.
After practice, Steve Sarkisian said he expects both would be available on Saturday, so this is probably yet another case of Sark giving his veterans some days off from the wear and tear in practice.
"We're relatively confident we'll have them back by the end of the week," Sarkisian said. "They both did a lot of movement stuff to loosen things up."
One veteran who's status remains questionable is fullback Soma Vainuku, who "dressed but was very limited" and "did not participate in any team drills," according to the OC Register.
Senior kicker Andre Heidari did practice and was kicking field goals well, making a 47-yarder, according to the OC Register, but Sarkisian said during Tuesday evening's TrojansLive show they would make a decision on the field goal kicker by Thursday.
If Heidari is healthy, it is likely he'll take over the field goal duties, but not the kickoff duties. Steve Sarkisian intimated on the evening show that redshirt sophomore walk-on Alex Wood would continue with kickoffs after two games with stellar efforts.