Matt Barkley injury: Former Heisman favorite downed in UCLA game

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Former No. 1 NFL Draft pick favorite Matt Barkley is down with an injury late against UCLA.

USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley was knocked to the ground with about two minutes to go against UCLA with an apparent right shoulder injury. He was encircled by four trainers, with two of them paying direct attention to that throwing shoulder, after a big hit by UCLA's Anthony Barr.

Barkley took a number of shots during the game, staying upright enough to throw 38 times and lead his team back from a 24-0 hole, albeit with two turnovers of his own.

He was replaced by Max Wittek, a freshman who's had all of six attempts on the year. Wittek played some sort of a role in fumbling away his first snap, setting up a field goal attempt with the Trojans down by 10 late. The kick was blocked, the sixth blocked kick for the Bruins in the last two weeks, and UCLA will likely go on to win this game. The concern for the future for USC will be Barkley's health.

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