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USC Football: Linebacker Jordan Iosefa out 4 to 6 weeks with dislocated kneecap

USC linebacking depth takes a hit with the injury of senior Jordan Iosefa.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

USC was hoping to it could get through fall camp with no major injuries. Unfortunately that won’t be the case as their linebacking depth took a hit.

Senior linebacker Jordan Iosefa will miss four to six weeks with a dislocated kneecap that he suffered during Monday’s practice. Head coach Clay Helton reviled that the senior linebacker damaged cartilage in two area’s of his knee. It was feared that he suffered an ACL tear, however an MRI ruled out that possibility. Iosefa has already underwent surgery Tuesday morning.

“One of the Warriors of our team and I’m very happy for him, being a senior.” Helton said following Tuesday’s practice.

Iosefa was on the second team defense at the middle linebacker position, backing up starter John Houston. With the senior out, freshman linebacker Ralen Goforth will take second team reps.

The Trojans depth at middle linebacker is already thin with redshirt freshman Solomon Tuliaupupu is currently out with a foot injury while freshman linebacker Maninoa Tufono is out with an undisclosed injury. It is possible to see sophomores Kana’i Mauga or Juliano Falaniko slide over from will linebacker to the middle and compete for second team reps with freshman Goforth during fall camp for depth reasons.