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Sunday, September 1, 2013
'Positive' news for Silas Redd

By Arash Markazi
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- USC Trojans tailback Silas Redd, who missed the team's season opener against the Hawaii Warriors, flew to Pensacola, Fla., to see Dr. James Andrews and is hoping to be back on the field this week.

"We sent Silas there right before we left for Hawaii," Kiffin said Sunday. "He had a procedure done down there with Dr. Andrews and they felt positive about it and he's coming back today."

Kiffin said he wasn't sure when Redd would be back on the field but added, "I hope this week."

Redd suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during spring practice and has missed most of USC's fall camp practices this month. He did not travel with the team to Hawaii.

On Saturday, he tweeted:

Huge thanks to @ADHadenUSC and @Lane_Kiffin for allowing me to come down to Pensacola to see Dr. James Andrews, the best at what he does!

— Silas Redd (@Coast2CoastSii) August 31, 2013

On Sunday, he tweeted a picture of himself with Andrews and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Darius Fleming, before tweeting, "Back to the City of Angels."

Kiffin also said he knows who his starting quarterback will be Saturday against the Washington State Cougars but will not make the announcement until game time.

"We do know who our starting quarterback is, so there's no reason to ask that every day," Kiffin said. "You guys will see Saturday who he is."

Cody Kessler started the season opener against Hawaii and played the entire first half and the first series of the second half. He finished 10-of-19 for 95 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Max Wittek came in and played all of one series in the second half and finished 5-of-10 for 77 yards. He did not throw a touchdown or an interception.

Kiffin said he wasn't sure how or if he would split up the time between the quarterbacks but said it would "not be the exact same." He also wasn't sure if the quarterback who starts Saturday would be the starter the rest of the season. Kiffin said he informed the quarterbacks of his decision on Saturday's starter in a meeting Sunday but will not announce it because he doesn't want the public to critique both players and the move, not because he wants to withhold the choice from Washington State.

"I'm just not doing it because I don't want people outside of here tearing them apart, up and down about this, that and the other," Kiffin said. "We're just moving along as a football team, getting ready to prepare for Washington State this week."