LOS ANGELES -- USC fans can exhale again. The Trojans' star wideout, Marqise Lee, has only suffered a bone bruise and is day to day, coach Lane Kiffin said after Saturday night's practice.
"It's great news," Kiffin said, adding that he expects Lee back at practice soon.
Kiffin said the past 24 hours of seeing the Biletnikoff winner leave practice injured, favoring his right shoulder and undergoing an X-ray only to find out Lee would be fine was like the feeling of losing -- and then finding -- his wallet.
Lee was held out of both the Trojans' morning and evening practices Saturday. The 6-foot, 200-pound junior was in uniform for Saturday night's session, but didn't have pads on. He watched from the sideline and did catch a few balls while teammates ran drills, but mostly kept his right arm down. Lee had a practice script and assisted the other young receivers getting lined up, said Trojans wide receivers coach Tee Martin.
In two seasons at USC, Lee has amassed a staggering 191 catches for 2,864 yards and a pair of kick return touchdowns.
"We've still got to get him a lot of work," Kiffin said. "We've got to make sure that we're not relying on his athletic ability to take over and that we're still putting him in a lot of situations so he can continue to improve as a receiver."
With Lee in the line-up the Trojans should have the most potent 1-2 punch in college football, coupled with rising star Nelson Agholor, but depth is an issue. Earlier this year, USC lost George Farmer and Steven Mitchell, leaving the team with only five scholarship receivers.
One of the bright spots of USC's fall camp so far has been one of those five -- freshman Darreus Rogers, a physical 6-2, 200-pound wideout who has displayed excellent ball skills.