Tape It Up: USC: On The Road To Recovery

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USC: On The Road To Recovery

USC has definitely been hit with an injury storm so far this season, but Tuesday finally brought some good news to the taped up Trojans. Quarterback John David Booty threw for the first time in five days during Tuesday's practice and felt better than he thought he would with that fractured middle finger, linebacker Brian Cushing was able to get in a whole practice and for the first time in many, many weeks, the list of healing players may be longer than the list of hurt guys.

Booty is throwing with a receivers glove on his right hand to protect the fractured middle finger, and the glove certainly takes some getting used to. The senior quarterback said that the ball was sticking to his fingers longer than it does in his normal throwing motion, but he is working on that, along with keeping the swelling down in his finger. If the pain says manageable, however "manageable" is defined in this situation, he could be ready in time to start at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Head coach Pete Carroll said he will not rush to make a decision as to who will get the start in South Bend. The coach was certainly surprised by how well Booty was able to perform in Tuesday's practice, but will wait to see how the finger heals throughout the week before naming his man under center.

Linebacker Brian Cushing worked through all of Tuesday's practice and felt good afterwards, which is excellent news for the Trojan linebacking corps. Cushing has missed considerable time this season with a sprained and re-sprained ankle. Cornerback Shareece Wright also looked good in practice after missing the last two weeks with a pulled hamstring.

Right guard Chilo Rachal should also be back this week after missing two games with a sprained knee, breathing a sigh of relief into a heavily depleted offensive line group.

On the darker side of things, defensive end Kyle Moore has a sore knee that has kept him out of practice and was scheduled to have an MRI Tuesday night. Linebacker Rey Maluaga's MRI showed a deep hip bruise, and the accompanying inflammation has kept him from running at full speed, but his range of motion is promising. Offensive tackle Sam Baker is still out, leaving room for Butch Lewis to make his first start in the left tackle spot against the Irish.

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