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

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

“It’s a long-term recovery,” Riley said.

Height 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 has left the Trojans depleted at a key position, with Height winning the job in fall camp after arriving at USC in January.

Returning sophomore rusher and five-star prospect Korey Foreman dealt with an injury in the preseason that sidelined him for most of fall camp. Foreman has slowly returned to game action and has three hits this season.

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

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

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

Riley said Thursday he still feels good about the depth at the position given Byrd’s rise and Foreman’s continued recovery to full health.