Tre Madden probably a 'game-time decision' for opener, Sarkisian says

Tre Madden probably a 'game-time decision' for opener, Sarkisian says
USC running back Tre Madden fights for extra yardage against Utah last season. Madden has not played this season because of a toe injury. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

USC appears on track to play its opener against Fresno State with a depleted running backs corps.

Tre Madden was absent from practice again Friday because of a toe injury.

Coach Steve Sarkisian said the junior’s availability for the Aug. 30 opener would “probably be a game-time decision.”

"When you start messing with a running back and his feet and his toes and the ability to push off, they don't just overnight all of a sudden get better," Sarkisian said.

Madden has not practiced since Monday night when the Trojans scrimmaged at the Coliseum.

He saw a foot specialist Thursday and was scheduled to see another Friday, Sarkisian said.

Sophomore Justin Davis is working as the No. 2 tailback behind Javorius Allen. Fullbacks Soma Vainuku and Jahleel Pinner also have played tailback.

Madden started the first six games last season before suffering a hamstring injury. He finished with a team-high 138 carries and rushed for 722 yards and three touchdowns.

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