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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Receiver, running back injury updates

By Pedro Moura

Receiver Brice Butler returned to practice Wednesday after missing the Trojans' last two practices with a sprained right ankle, but two other USC pass-catchers remained out.

Sophomore Robert Woods (ankle) and senior Brandon Carswell (quadriceps) did not practice; both players have been struggling to get healthy over the last several days. Woods' ankle injury is still the same one he hurt back in April playing pick-up basketball, but Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said it's not too big of a deal at this point.

"He prepares so well mentally that him missing as many practices as he is is not as concerning as it would be with some other guys," Kiffin said. "But, still, they gotta play."

At running back, redshirt freshman running back D.J. Morgan sat out with soreness in his knee dating back to the torn ACL he suffered in the fall of 2009. The injury that forced him to redshirt last season has continued to cause him problems this fall, but, like Woods, both he and Kiffin said it's not something to be worried about.

"It's just regular wear and tear," Morgan said Wednesday.