USC QB Sam Darnold was lifted from the Trojans’ 49-14 loss to Notre Dame with an undisclosed ankle injury. According to USC coach Clay Helton, Darnold originally suffered the injury in the Trojans’ 30-27 loss to Washington State.
Against Notre Dame, Darnold reinjured the ankle in the second half when it was twisted on a tackle. He was pulled from the game, eventually. On the night, Darnold was 20 of 28 for 229 yards, 2 TDs and an INT.
After the game, Helton said that Darnold will get healthy this week and should be a full go against Arizona State on Saturday.
RE: Sam Darnold injury, Clay Helton says, "He'll get healthy this week and perform against ASU."
— Reign of Troy (@ReignofTroy) October 23, 2017
Darnold didn’t seem too concerned about the injury after the game, saying it’s nothing to really worry about.
“That’s how the game goes,” said Darnold, per the Los Angeles Times. “It’s a rough sport. But yeah, just kind of got reaggravated, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.”
Darnold has had a bit of a down year as a redshirt sophomore. Expected to compete for the Heisman Trophy, Darnold leads the Pac-12 with 10 interceptions. He has been marvelous at times, but has also struggled with turnovers and some inconsistent play.
USC and Arizona State will kick off at 7:45 p.m. PT on Saturday on ESPN.
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