USC defensive end Devon Kennard suffered a torn chest muscle that will require surgery and could force him to sit out the season, according to reports.
Kennard, a senior from Arizona, was scheduled to start opposite senior Wes Horton. If Kennard is sidelined, it would leave the Trojans even thinner on a defensive line that lacks depth and experience.
ESPNLosAngeles.com, citing an unnamed source close to Kennard, first reported Kennard's situation Thursday night. Kennard suffered the injury lifting weights, the report said.
Kennard did not respond to a text message seeking comment late Thursday night. On his Twitter feed he posted: "Appreciate all the love and prayers... Don't worry about me too much, I was born to #FightOn after all"