The 2013 season has not gone according to plan at all for USC running back Silas Redd. The former Penn State transfer has battled a number of lingering injuries all season long and now it appears the damage may have been worst than initially though.
According to USC beat reporter Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com, Redd may not even play in the team’s bowl game this postseason.
Helton said Silas Redd’s knee is worse than expected. He isn’t expected to play in the bowl game. Tre Madden is questionable. #USC
— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) December 14, 2013
Helton would be USC’s offensive coordinator Clay Helton, who has taken on the interim coaching duties for the Trojans heading in to the bowl game after former interim head coach Ed Orgeron left the staff following the hiring of Steve Sarkisian.
Redd has played in just six games this season, rushing for 376 yards and one touchdown. If Helton’s concerns are accurate, Redd will miss USC’s Las Vegas Bowl match-up with Fresno State. The Trojans running game has been led by Tre Madden and the emergence of Javorious Allen this season while Redd has largely been a non-factor for the offense. When healthy Redd has had his moments, but USC’s running back position has been pretty deep to the point where not having Redd may not be much of a factor when they take on Fresno State in the bowl game.
This is a tough way for the senior running back to go out.