Linkage on Sanchez
USC's quarterback situation for the season opener and possibly beyond became muddled Friday when starter Mark Sanchez suffered a dislocated left kneecap while warming up for practice.
Sanchez, a fourth-year junior, threw a pass to teammate Clay Matthews, as he does every day before stretching exercises, but then crumpled to the ground.
Team trainers helped Sanchez to the sideline, where he said the kneecap was put back into place. He was later carted from the field and taken for an MRI exam and X-rays.
Sanchez, on crutches and wearing a long brace on his left leg, expressed disappointment but also relief after returning to campus and meeting with team doctors, who informed him there was no ligament, cartilage or bone damage. He will begin rehabilitation Monday and Coach Pete Carroll said the quarterback's status was day-to-day.
Linkage on Olson
Olson is expected to miss at least eight weeks: UCLA senior quarterback Ben Olson has a broken foot and will be sidelined for at least eight weeks.
Olson, whose career has been hampered by injuries, broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice Saturday, and X-rays taken Sunday revealed the fracture. Olson, 25, suffered the same injury April 24, the second-to-last day of spring practice.
A decision on whether he will have surgery is expected to be made in a few days.
"It's very frustrating because it seems every year that my progression as a quarterback has been halted by injury," Olson said.
Kevin Craft, a community-college transfer, and redshirt freshman Chris Forcier are the leading candidates to replace Olson as the No. 1 quarterback. Junior Osaar Rasshan also might be in the mix.
Patrick Cowan, who took over when Olson was sidelined by injury last season and was set to be the starter, had surgery after hurting his knee in spring practice and will miss the season. Cowan is the son of ex-Washington Huskies quarterback Tim Cowan.
How does this affect SC and UCLA respectively in the big picture? Obviously UCLA is much worse off without Olson.