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USC WR Ajene Harris Injury Update

The freshman slot receiver has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Ajene Harris makes a catch against Oregon State.
Ajene Harris makes a catch against Oregon State.
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USC freshman wide receiver Ajene Harris has been ruled out for Saturday evening's matchup with the Arizona State Sun Devils.

After he strained his hamstring in practice on Wednesday, Harris' status was uncertain for this weekend. But head coach Steve Sarkisian announced Thursday that Harris would be not be available.

Harris had three catches for 30 yards playing in the slot against Oregon State in a breakout performance for the freshman. With Harris missing, USC has the option to either return to its lineups with Nelson Agholor at the slot receiver position where he spent the first three games or turn to redshirt freshman Steven Mitchell. Most likely, it will be a combination of the two.

"We've got a variety of personnel groupings we can use, but Steven will play," Sarkisian said Thursday. "Without a doubt, he'll play the most he's played all year."

Mitchell missed all of 2013 with a knee injury he suffered during summer voluntary workouts and has struggled to get back up to full speed because of a "sports hernia that required two procedures," according to LA Times' Gary Klein.

But Sarkisian said Steven Mitchell is "healthy and ready to go" even if that isn't quite to where he was before his injuries.

"I don’t know if he’s exactly back to where he’s capable of being but I think he’s a lot closer," Steve Sarkisian said Wednesday. "He's made really good strides over the last month."