Tony Burnett taking a break from track

USC cornerback Tony Burnett sprained his left ankle in Saturday's scrimmage at the Coliseum when he collided with quarterback Matt Barkley during team drills, and he's sporting a boot this week while the injury heals in the hope he'll be able to suit up for Saturday's spring game, his final chance to play football for a while.

"Right now, it's a little tender so they have me in a boot until further notice," Burnett said Tuesday. "I'm day to day. I'll probably be back out here Thursday, but they want to make sure I'm safe and healthy for the scrimmage instead of coming out here and irritating it, so that's alright.

"Right now I'm in a boot, basically, for precautionary measures."

Burnett, a redshirt junior who will have eligibility for the 2012 football season after his track eligiblity dries up, also does the triple jump and long jump events in track, but he plans to sit out from those activities until after the spring game as the track Trojans prepare to face UCLA in a dual meet next Saturday. After that comes the rest of the Pac-10 and national playoff season in track, during which Burnett will focus exclusively on track and then switch back to football mid-June.

"I'll take this week off from track, which will be fine, and then I'll come out next week -- no more football, so I'll be fully fresh -- and ready to go, ready to bounce on the Bruins," Burnett said. "After next spring, I'm going to finish out my senior year with track, just because, from a loyalty standpoint, I feel like I owe that to them.

"I'm gonna finish that out and try to contribute to the track team as much as I can and then, after that, next year, I'll be all football after that. It shouldn't be a big problem."