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USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster exits with apparent back injury

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: USC (9) JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR) runs the ball during an NCAA football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the USC Trojans on October 08, 2016, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
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The USC Trojans are headed towards their third straight win, but their success has come at a price in Tucson against the Arizona Wildcats. USC’s top two wide receivers both exited the game due to injuries in what is a downer for the Trojans despite their recent turnaround.

With Steven Mitchell already out with a non-contact injury from the first half, fellow wide out JuJu Smith-Schuster joined his pass-catching partner in the locker room with an injury of his own. A second significant injury could cloud the Trojans as they continue their bounce back from a 1-3 start to the season.

Smith-Schuster walked off the field under his own power with an apparent back injury while first speaking with his parents, who were at the game, before heading to the locker room. The conversation could serve as an encouraging sign that Smith-Schuster’s injury is minor as the Trojans opted to shut down their top wide out with Mitchell already lost for the day.

Video did show Smith-Schuster initially requiring the help from his teammates to get to the bench before walking off on his own power as the Trojans’ star now has an injury concern to monitor as the school head towards a bye week before their October 27 date with Cal.

With the Trojans just now building momentum after their rocky start to the season, two injuries to key wide receivers is a tough break for a team on the rise in the PAC-12. A bye week could help things, but for now the Trojans will be worried about Smith-Schuster along with Mitchell as the tandem could be out for the bulk of their conference schedule if either of their injuries are serious.

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