JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent surgery on Nov. 2 to repair a fractured right hand that he received during USC’s 27-21 victory over Cal on Oct. 31, but there’s good news for Trojan fans: Smith-Schuster won’t be lost for the season.
In fact, interim head coach Clay Helton told ESPN.com’s Kyle Bonagura that the Trojans’ top wideout could be in the lineup for the Saturday, Nov. 7 contest against Arizona. But, there’s bad news for the Land of Troy: Smith-Schuster has been listed as doubtful for the Arizona contest according to the Los Angeles’ Times Gary Klein.
“Obviously everybody heals differently,” Helton told Bonagura. Helton added that a normal recovery time for such an injury “has been as soon as three days or it could take longer. When he’s healthy and he feels like he can go back out there, he will.”
Smith-Schuster sustained the injury during the first quarter following a kickoff return. However, he stayed in the contest to haul down five catches for 55 yards.
The Trojans have been plagued by the injury bug this season at receiver. Isaac Whitney is out for the year with a broken collarbone, while USC welcomed back Darreus Rogers and Steven Mitchell from a hamstring and ankle injury, respectively.
Smith-Schuster currently has 52 catches, 956 yards and eight touchdowns for the 5-3 Trojans, who are not only on a two-game winning streak but are currently tied at second place with rival UCLA in the PAC-12 South Division standings.
If Smith-Schuster isn’t ready, then USC will turn to De’Quan Hampton, who told the L.A. Times on Wednesday, Nov. 4 “They brought me in here to do that (replace Smith-Schuster). So in my mind, I’m ready for it.”
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