Christopher Smith

USC RB Silas Redd (Knee) Likely To Miss Bowl

Created on Dec. 15, 2013 6:22 PM EST

USC running back Silas Redd is unlikely to play in Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl after re-injuring his knee in November, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Running back Tre Madden (ankle) also missed practice and is considered a game-time decision.

Redd, who transferred from Penn State in 2012, missed the first five games of the season due to a left knee injury that required surgery. He injured his right knee Nov. 9 against Cal and returned to carry five times for 25 yards in the regular-season finale against UCLA.

"Silas' knee is probably worse than expected," Helton told reporters Saturday. "I don't think he's going to make it right now from what it sounds like."

Redd averaged a career-low 4.6 yards per carry but did rush for 112 yards against Notre Dame and 140 against Oregon State in his brief window of health.

Madden rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the team's first five games, but has carried just 28 times since, limited by Redd's presence as well as hamstring and ankle injuries.

Javorius Allen, a redshirt sophomore, is expected to start against Fresno State in the bowl game, the Los Angeles Times reported. Allen has rushed for 562 yards and 10 touchdowns in the last five games.

The Trojans are a six-point favorite against Fresno State, but must enter the game with its second interim coach of the season in offensive coordinator Clay Helton. The school fired Lane Kiffin and since has hired Steve Sarkisian of Washington, who will observe, but not direct the team for the bowl game. Interim Ed Orgeron, apparently upset he didn't get the job on a permanent basis, resigned once the school hired Sarkisian.

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