For the second time in three years, cornerback Patrick Hall has suffered a torn ACL which will cost him his second season as a member of the USC Trojans.
Back in 2009, in his only practice with the team, Hall tore the ACL in his right knee which forced him to redshirt and try to recover from the injury during the 2010 season.
A year later, Hall's luck couldn't have been worse.
During a voluntary workout a week ago, Hall intercepted a pass and landed awkwardly on his left knee. Right off the ball Hall knew the injury wasn't good. “I was able to walk off the last ACL tear I had and I knew it was the same thing (this time),” Hall told Dan Greenspan of Scout.com. “I just didn’t want to show everybody.”
Hall went on to tell Greenspan that after talking to the trainers he hopes he can be at least jogging in three months time. Because he's will have missed two complete seasons, Greenspan notes that Hall will need to petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.
The USC defensive back is waiting for the swelling to subside and should be undergoing surgery to repair the ACL tear in the next few weeks.