Tape It Up: USC: Big Scare For Joseph

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USC: Big Scare For Joseph

USC cornerback Vincent Joseph had the scare of his life on Saturday. After being tackled while returning a kickoff against Nebraska, the sophomore left the field on a stretcher, unable to breathe. He sustained a bruised larynx and neck sprain on the hit and spent some time in a local hospital before donning a neck brace for the team's flight home. Joseph is on a liquid diet this week and will definitely miss Saturday's game againt Washington State, but he's just happy to be breathing.

The sophomore said he was not injured when he was initially tackled, but when he spun upon impact, his chin strap came undone when he hit the turf, snapping his neck back. He felt a defender elbow him in the throat, which caused the bruising. He was scheduled to have an MRI exam Monday night.

In Joseph's absence, running back C.J. Gable will return kickoffs, which he did last season.

The special teams woes do not end there for USC. Redshirt freshman Alfred Rowe said he lost consciousness after a collision on a special teams play against Nebraska. He suffered a concussion that will take him out of practice for at least a few days.

Green-Eyed Tailback Monster
Tailback Allen Bradford and his father met with head coach Pete Carroll in the coach's office after practice to discuss Bradford's limited role so far this season. With the never-ending list of talented backs on USC's roster, the sophomore did not play in the first half against Nebraska and has had just 14 carries this season.

"It's kind of made my game better because I'm playing angry," Bradford said. "Coach Carroll just said to hold on and be strong about the whole situation. When I get my shot be ready."

Unlike some other players, however, Bradford intends to stay at USC and stick it out rather than transfer.

Linebackers Back
Linebacker Brian Cushing practiced this week on a healing ankle and will likely start against Washington State, provided he gets through the rest of this week's workouts. Clay Matthews will join him at linebacker despite practicing with a cast on his hand to protect the thumb he broke while playing against Nebraska.

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