USC sophomore point guard Daniel Hackett will be sidelined at least six weeks after suffering multiple fractures of his jaw Thursday afternoon when he was struck by the elbow of teammate O.J. Mayo during a pickup game at the Galen Center.
Hackett said Mayo grabbed a rebound and turned to pass before smacking Hackett on the left side of his jaw. Hackett was taken to a hospital and had surgery Friday to wire shut his jaw, which was broken in three places.
"It's sore right now," Hackett said Saturday afternoon by telephone after returning to campus. "I can't eat, I can barely talk."
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Hackett, who started 16 games last season and averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds, said he cannot practice for six weeks, meaning he will sit out the Trojans' opener Nov. 10 against Mercer at the Galen Center.