USC Trojans DE Romello (shoulder) is out for the season

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USC defensive end Romello Hyde, who transferred from Auburn this offseason, will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a shoulder procedure, head coach Lincoln Riley announced Thursday.

“It’s going to be a long recovery,” Riley said.

Hyde suffered the injury during USC’s 41-28 win over Stanford in Week 2. He left the game and was later seen with his arm in a sling. The injury leaves the Trojans at a critical position after Altitude won fall camp after arriving at USC in January.

Returning sophomore rush end and five-star prospect Corey Foreman dealt with an injury before the season that kept him out of fall camp. Foreman has slowly returned to game action and has made three tackles so far this season.

Wyoming transfer Solomon Byrd has been a key figure at the position, stepping into the void left by Hyde, who did not appear in USC’s win over Fresno State last week. Byrd began the year third on the depth chart and had just five reps in the season opener, but has since totaled eight tackles and three sacks, including a forced fumble.

“It’s tough. I’m not going to lie because I’m from Wyoming and I was a starter there and a big name,” Byrd said after the win over Fresno State. “So when I got here, there’s a lot of talent. I just had to keep working and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

At Wyoming, Byrd had 87 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 23 games.

Riley said he still feels good about Byrd’s surge Thursday and the depth of Foreman’s return to full health.

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