To this point, injuries have cost Morgan Breslin almost half the 2013 season. Unfortunately for USC, the injury cost will continue to rise.
Interim head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed Tuesday that the linebacker/defensive end will not play in this Saturday’s Pac-12 game against Cal. The senior has been hampered by a hip injury that’s cost him the past two games.
Orgeron also hinted that this latest ding could be of the season-ending variety, saying Breslin could be sidelined for “an extensive period of time.” The coach lamented what the loss of the player has meant to the team.
“In my 27 years of coaching, Morgan is absolutely one of my favorite players I’ve ever coached,” Orgeron said. “An outstanding young man, great team guy, just loves football.
“He’s with us in the meetings, but we miss him on the field. Everything he’s about exemplifies the Trojans.”
In addition to the hip issue, Breslin was also bothered by a foot injury early in the year. This weekend will mark his fifth game lost to injury this season.
Despite that missed playing time, Breslin is still third on the Trojans with eight tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Last season, Breslin led the team in both of those categories and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection.