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Fall Camp Chronicles: Injuries Piling Up

Some players are coming back, while others suffered minor setbacks.

Leonard Williams continues to fight through nagging shoulder pain.
Leonard Williams continues to fight through nagging shoulder pain.
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The Trojans took practice to the Coliseum on Saturday following a two-a-day session the day before. Injuries stole the spotlight during the afternoon session, which signaled the official two week countdown to the regular season.

OUT: Damien Mama, J.R. Tavai, Justin Davis

BACK: Adoree' Jackson, Leonard Williams

Going from largest to smallest concern, the topping fall of offensive guard Damien Mama looked very serious. After two defensive players landed on his leg during team 11-on-11 activities, Mama laid on the ground for at least two to three minutes before being helped up by the coaching staff, gingerly hobbling off to the sideline.

Both J.R. Tavai and emergent running back Justin Davis, who missed most of last season due to injury, were taken out of Saturday's practice after rolling their ankles.

While head coach Steve Sarkisian downplayed the severity of these injuries, if J.R. Tavai would happen to be out for any significant period of time the Trojans could be severely shorthanded at outside linebacker.

Good news for USC, however, as talented freshman Adoree' Jackson (foot injury) returned to the practice field taking reps solely on defense during this particular practice. Coach Sarkisian has reopened his positioning for the season, giving the Junipero Serra High School (Gardena) product an opportunity to contribute all over the gridiron.

Along with Jackson, All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams continues to work through shoulder soreness, which is actually great news for USC's defense. Playing only at about 65-percent last season, Williams continues to build up strength in his shoulder just two weeks before the season opener against Fresno State.

USC is scheduled to play another Fall Camp scrimmage on Monday night, which would be the second practice in a scheduled two-a-day. Following a physical, somewhat long (over 2:30 hours) and very warm practice, the Trojans continue to bulk up on those contingency plans heading into the season.

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