Injured Trojans RB Silas Redd visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured left knee last week.
By RAHSHAUN HAYLOCK FS West
LOS ANGELES -- Instead of watching
USC's season opener in Los Angeles as previously suspected,
Trojans tailback Silas Redd revealed he was actually in Pensacola, Fla., undergoing a "procedure" on his injured left knee performed by Dr. James Andrews.
The USC senior, who led the team with 905 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2012, underwent surgery on his left knee last spring to repair a torn meniscus. The injury forced him to be shut down during spring drills and had him limited during training camp.
He visited Dr. Andrews for a second opinion.
"He had a great bedside presence," Redd said of Dr. Andrews. "(He's) an excellent doctor, obviously. He's a very positive guy. (There was) no negativity coming out of his mouth or his vibe or anything like that."
Due to team policy, Redd was prohibited from saying anything further regarding the "procedure" that caused him to fly across the country to pay Dr. Andrews a visit.
"I was extremely proud," Redd said. "We almost had two 100-yard rushers back there and that's always a great thing. We had a little adversity with the fumble but (
Justin Davis) bounced back and scored that touchdown.
"I said 'leave it out there.' You don't get opportunities like this all of the time. You play running back at USC. That's a big deal."
What he didn't like was having to watch his teammates' success in Florida following a procedure with the renowned Dr. James Andrews instead of being in Hawaii contributing to his team's success.
"(It's) frustrating," Redd said. "(This is) nothing I asked for, but it is what it is and I'm taking it as positively as I can."
Redd and USC coach Lane Kiffin say they're hopeful the senior will be able to play in the home and Pac-12 opener against Washington State (0-1) on Saturday on FOX Sports 1.
Redd was a non-participant in Tuesday's practice and was seen walking around with a sleeve on his left knee.