LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tailback Silas Redd hopes to make his season debut on Saturday for No. 25 Southern California after getting more repairs done on his left knee last week.
Redd didn't practice with the Trojans on Tuesday night, watching from the sideline in his jersey while wearing a brace on his knee. The Penn State transfer is still optimistic he could play against Washington State at the Coliseum.
"It's nothing I asked for," Redd said of the injury that has slowed his senior season. "But it is what it is, and I'm taking it as positively as I can."
Redd missed most of spring ball and training camp after tearing his meniscus early in spring practice. Nearly six months after the initial surgery, he's still waiting to get back to full strength.
While USC beat Hawaii 30-13 last Thursday in its opener, Redd watched the game from Pensacola, Fla., after undergoing what he described as a "minor" procedure on his knee by Dr. James Andrews. Redd is forbidden from giving more details about his condition, but he's maintaining optimism about getting back in the near future.
"I'm just glad he had the time to see me," Redd said of Andrews.
Redd led the Trojans last season with 905 yards rushing and nine TDs after transferring shortly before training camp. He quickly fit in with a new offense and new teammates, but was slowed by injuries down the stretch of the Trojans' disappointing 7-6 season.
He is expected to be USC's starting tailback again this season, but has been reduced to a mentor's role so far. He must be doing a good job: USC looks deep at tailback after just one game in which the Trojans ran the ball 45 times.
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