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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
USC QB Cody Kessler will play Saturday


LOS ANGELES -- USC quarterback Cody Kessler missed part of practice to undergo a procedure on one of his toes.

Cody Kessler, Adoree' Jackson
Cody Kessler threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns against Fresno State, one to Adoree' Jackson.
Kessler says he'll be fine to play when the 14th-ranked Trojans (1-0) visit No. 13 Stanford (1-0) on Saturday.

Coach Steve Sarkisian said Kessler was bothered by a toe injury throughout USC's 52-13 victory over Fresno State last weekend. Kessler was named the Pac-12's offensive player of the week after passing for a career-best 394 yards with four touchdowns and rushing for one.

Sarkisian says Kessler couldn't get the unspecified procedure done on his toe until Tuesday morning.

"He got it cleaned up, and we expect him to be ready to go for the ballgame," Sarkisian said.

Kessler is beginning his second season as USC's starting quarterback. He started all 14 games last season as a sophomore, passing for 2,968 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Backup Max Browne ran the Trojans' first-team offense at practice in Kessler's absence. The redshirt freshman said he would be ready to play extensively if necessary, and USC didn't change its practice plan with Browne under center instead of Kessler.

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