Good news USC Trojan fans, sophomore safety/outside linebacker Su'a Cravens did not suffer any structural damage during Saturday's victory over Washington State. The outstanding playmaker, who has accounted for a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss this season, was essentially carried off the field toward the end of the second quarter.
NO structural damage in Su'a Cravens' knee, #USC coach Steve Sarkisian says.— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) November 3, 2014
USC will have the week off from practice before returning to team-related activities on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans next game will be next Thursday night, an ESPN primetime special, against the Cal Berkeley Bears (5-4), who just went on the road and beat the Oregon State Beavers over the weekend.
This time off will be vital for the Trojans, especially regarding the knee of Su'a Cravens, as the team prepares to reload the scholarship-depleted roster before the final three games of the regular season. Sarkisian is giving the team the entire week off because he feels that these guys "really need it," and could benefit from added rest.
While the sprained knee could cost Cravens some time on Howard Jones Field, the stout defensive prospect doesn't want Trojan fans to worry about his future on the field. Earlier this afternoon, Cravens tweeted out words of comfort.