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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Getting healthy quickly

By Pedro Moura

A number of players who missed the first two days of Washington preparation returned to practice for USC on Wednesday, an encouraging sign for the Trojans as they approach Saturday's game against the Huskies.

Cornerback Torin Harris, safety Jawanza Starling, linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard, receiver Robert Woods and running backs Marc Tyler and George Farmer all got back on the field Wednesday. The only player with a temporary injury who continued to sit out was defensive tackle DaJohn Harris.

Of those who returned, Torin Harris, Starling, Bailey, Tyler and Farmer all missed Friday's game against Colorado; Woods played but continued to be limited by ankle and elbow injuries.

"We have anticipation that everybody could possibly be playing Saturday,  which is obviously good for us," Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday. "We'll continue to push them throughout the week and see if they can be at full strength."

Torin Harris has been out since the Arizona State game with nerve damage in his shoulder, which has slowly healed over the last six weeks. He hasn't been cleared yet, but it's possible it could happen before Saturday's game.

"There is a potential of that, yeah," Kiffin said. "Torin went today and did some things so we'll continue to test him each day. That would be a big pick up obviously with our lack of depth at cornerback."

About that lack of depth: USC needs a third corner desperately. Tony Burnett had an extremely rough day filling that role against the Buffaloes, and there are no other scholarship corners available other than freshman Ryan Henderson.

DaJohn Harris' absence would be significant as the first missed game on the defensive line this season. USC's five other rotation players on the line have stayed remarkably healthy thus far.