By Matt Norlander
Southern Cal has taken on as much injury and roster depletion as anyone heading into the season.
Wednesday the school announced sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon "suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand, second metacarpal neck (just above the knuckle of his index finder) during unofficial practice yesterday (Oct. 11)."
That means it was most likely broken during a team scrimmage or pickup game of sorts, since coaches cannot, by rule, oversee their players during practice until Friday, Oct. 14. Dedmon's expected to be out for at least two to three weeks, meaning USC will start its season without any clear vision on who is going to supply the offense. Jio Fontan's ACL injury two months ago was the biggest blow to the team this offseason.
"The treatment for Dedmon's injury will consist of immobilizing the finger for two to three weeks," the school said. "Dedmon will be fitted with a cast tomorrow which will allow him to practice defensive and non-contract drills without re-injury due to accidental contact."
Dedmon is a junior college transfer from Antelope Valley College who came to USC last winter.