Brown’s back pain might force redshirt

first_img “Here and there it gets tight. I’m just on a back (rehabilitation) program,” Brown said. “I’m going to try not to have surgery at all. I don’t like doctors.” Brown wasn’t medically cleared to play the season opener against Hawaii but practiced Wednesday and said he thought he could play if needed. The injury slowed his progress, however, and he’s currently behind starter Oscar Lua and fellow freshman Rey Maualuga at middle linebacker. LOS ANGELES — Although USC linebacker Luthur Brown was one of the more heralded freshmen recruits, he might need to redshirt because of a lingering back injury. Brown said he’s got a herniated disk that pushes on a nerve in his back and sometimes causes pain or even forces him to miss practice. It might eventually require surgery, but Brown said he won’t consider that option. “I tried to practice but I woke up in pain,” he said. “My eyelid feels real heavy right now. I think I’ll practice tomorrow.” – Fullback Brandon Hancock (sprained ankle) improved and is expected to play, but he was prepared if things worsened. “I just use my old ankle brace from a previous injury,” Hancock said. “I’m like a girl who has her pumps and flat shoes. I have a collection of braces from all my injuries.” Defensive end Kyle Moore (sprained knee) remains questionable. Safety Darnell Bing (hip flexor) ran Wednesday but needs to practice today in order to play. – USC agreed to give the Coliseum all concession revenues this season to make up for money lost from the ban of beer sales at games, sources said. Concession revenues are worth about $600,000 annually. It’s not considered a huge sum because USC’s football program is expected to generate more than $26 million this season. – With USC short-handed at defensive end, linebacker Keith Rivers could be used in some third-down situations. Reserve defensive end Travis Tofi will also get more playing time. – Wide receiver Patrick Turner, just the second USC letterman from Tennessee, is excited to play Arkansas because he actually recognizes the opponent. “You can’t help but run across them in games on TV, being in the SEC,” Turner said. “I like playing them because I know them. I didn’t really know anything about Stanford, UCLA or Oregon.” – Offensive lineman Winston Justice and defensive end Frostee Rucker, who often face each other in practice, each celebrated birthdays Wednesday. Justice turned 21 and Rucker turned 22. — Scott Wolf can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I don’t know the defense as well as the other linebackers,” Brown said. “I don’t know right now if I will redshirt or not. They will evaluate me and ask me how my back’s doing. It’s just an extra year. It might be more beneficial to redshirt.” USC’s freshmen linebackers are all fighting injuries. Maualuga’s nursing a hamstring injury and outside linebacker Kaluka Maiava sprained his neck Wednesday. X-rays were negative. As expected, freshman linebacker Brian Cushing (dislocated shoulder) was officially ruled out of the game. – Starter Justin Wyatt took the day off because his eye hurt after getting kicked in the face by wide receiver Chris McFoy on Monday. Without Wyatt, freshman Kevin Thomas moved into some nickel packages, which reinforced his position as the fourth cornerback. Wyatt, who took an inflammation shot, said he will play against Arkansas. last_img

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