I was going back to get my bag at Fan Appreciation Day when I noticed another player coming toward me on crutches and in a walking boot. It was no surprise; after the first week of camp, the injury report is beginning to resemble an episode of “ER.”
It was backup James King limping out of Colonial Life Arena, which didn’t seem that big of an issue until I realized he also plays linebacker. Just over a week into camp, and USC is one injury away from hanging a sign at the Strom reading: “Anyone interested in playing linebacker for USC this season, please report to the stadium at 4 p.m. Cleats will be provided.”
At the team’s youngest spot, USC has seen projected starter Cedrick Cooper and backup Kyle Morini each go down with dislocated elbows. Now King is hurt, and Larenz Bryant sprained a thumb during Saturday’s scrimmage, although he returned.
Kirk Botkin and Lorenzo Ward are pleased with their young ’backers so far. That’s good, because at this rate, all are going to have to play — often.