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Updated: Incoming USC WR out for the season with knee injury

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Scholarship limitations are already doing a number on USC’s depth. The last thing the Trojans need are injuries.

Unfortunately for Lane Kiffin and Co., that might be exactly what they’re getting with incoming wide receiver Steven Mitchell. Multiple outlets are reporting that Mitchell went down with what is being called a “serious” knee injury during voluntary offseason workouts.

The injury reportedly happened during a non-contact drill when Mitchell’s knee “buckled, twisting awkwardly” while planting. Mitchell’s high school coach told Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times the receiver will undergo an MRI. USC has not officially commented on the extent of the injury.

Mitchell was a four-star member of USC’s 2013 recruiting class and was looking to contribute immediately as a freshman alongside Marqise Lee.

Updated 6:22 p.m. ET: It didn’t take long for USC to confirm the worst fears surrounding the injury to Steven Mitchell. On its Twitter account, the school confirmed Mitchell will miss the 2013 season because of torn ligaments in his knee. With fellow wide receiver George Farmer also out for the season, USC is down to just five scholarship wide receivers on roster.

Just a tough, tough break for him and USC.

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8 Responses to “Updated: Incoming USC WR out for the season with knee injury”
  1. vols84 says: Jun 7, 2013 6:18 PM

    Karma 4 Kiffin continues

  2. mattacc31 says: Jun 7, 2013 6:34 PM

    Vols I get the Kiffin hate, I really do but calling this karma for him is a bit much. It’s a bad break for a kid who had a promising career ahead of him and bringing up anything against Kiffin isn’t really appropriate here.

    I’m no USC fan but best of luck to Mitchell on a speedy recovery. He really impressed me during the all star games in January

  3. bigdinla says: Jun 7, 2013 6:53 PM

    I don’t believe in karma, but I do wonder what is going on in LA. They have had an extreme number of offseason injuries. Makes me think Kiffin needs to reassess his offseason program.

  4. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jun 7, 2013 7:02 PM

    He wasn’t going to play much this year, so he’ll have a chance to rehab and get back and still have a good career.

    Bummer, but he can come back from it.

  5. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jun 7, 2013 7:13 PM

    @bigdinla

    This year’s program has been designed to be tougher as last year USC went lighter to prevent injuries and put a bunch of pillow fighters on the field.

    It’s a tough situation.

  6. kiopta1 says: Jun 7, 2013 8:11 PM

    ND guy here so I can’t stand USC but hate to see young guys get hurt like that. Get well. Oh and keep Kiffin 4 life.

  7. helladonks says: Jun 7, 2013 9:25 PM

    That picture of Kiffin. Lol

  8. normtide says: Jun 7, 2013 10:11 PM

    Here’s hoping for a full recovery.

    That picture of Kiffen captures his full douche-ary.

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