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Devon Kennard Injury: USC Defensive End Tears Pectoral Muscle

According to a repot by Pedro Moura of ESPN Los Angeles, USC defensive end Devon Kennard could miss the entire 2012 season after tearing his pectoral muscle.

Moura's unnamed source also relayed the injury happened during weight lifting and said that Kennard will undergo surgery next week. USC football blog, Reign of Troy reports that Kennard is currently awaiting word from the team's doctor of the severity of the injury.

Immediate reaction from USC fans and reporters reveals that Kennard's potential absence during the 2012 season would have a significant impact. The depth at the defensive line position is weak for the Trojans as is, and losing Kennard could be devastating.

Kennard, a rising senior, played in 11 of 12 games for USC in 2011, tallying 28 total tackles. Last season, USC coaches converted Kennard back to his original position of defensive end after playing eight games at linebacker during his sophomore year. The Arizona-native was slated to be the Trojans' starter at defensive end in 2012.

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