USC’s Sanchez Injures Knee, Could Miss Opener

Yesterday we learned that USC starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was carted off the field with a knee injury during the “non-contact” portion of practice (read: carioca shuffle-induced leg trauma).

Alex Sanchez and Mitch Mustain

USC later reported that Sanchez dislocated his left kneecap when “he jumped slightly while making a throw and landed awkwardly“, and now there’s a chance he could miss the Trojans’ season opener against Virginia.

Sanchez says he’s day-to-day starting Monday, and overall, he sounds optimistic:

“It was scary, frightening at first. The way they say these things happen, it could be a lot worse. It just hurt a lot when it happened, but it feels better now. … have heard about people who come back from this in a short period of time and others in a long period. I’m hoping mine is short.

“I’m hoping to be back for the opener. I’ll work to get back before that. I’ll get back the fastest way possible…”

If Sanchez can’t go against the Cavaliers, Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corp will battle for the starting job. Mustain, an Arkansas transfer, is trying to get comfortable in a new offense, but Corp, a redshirt freshman, could challenge for playing time until Sanchez returns.