USC's Cushing out vs. Oregon State?

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

USC's All-American linebacker Brian Cushing is like a high-performance sports car that requires plenty of care from a mechanic.

Cushing, who's already dealt with wrist and hip injuries this season, strained his hamstring Tuesday and is questionable for the top-ranked Trojans' visit to Oregon State on Thursday, according to the LA Daily News.

If Cushing can't play or is limited, senior Clay Matthews, who's presently splitting time at defensive end with Everson Griffen, would move into Cushing's strongside LB spot.