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Jan. 26, 2003

One senior underwent surgery, the other senior is right around the corner from returning.

Marius Petravicius, whose career ended with his knee injury against The Citadel on Jan. 2, underwent surgery to reconstruct his ACL on Sat., Jan. 25. Dr. Jeff Guy, one of the team’s orthopedic surgeons said “He did very well, it was an uncomplicated surgery. He will begin rehab immediately (Sunday) and we expect it to be six months to recovery.’

“With an injury like he had, there was great stability because he was in great shape and he has a really strong leg,” said USC Head Coach Dave Odom. “We are pleased he is recovering and will begin rehab immediately.”

Petravicius is recovering at his home in Columbia.

In other injury news, Chris Warren is getting better every day, after suffering a high ankle sprain in practice on Jan. 5.

“He has been cleared to increase activity as tolerated,” said Odom. “Chris will begin practice with the team on Monday. While we don’t expect him back for the game on Wednesday at Tennessee, he will begin practice with the team on a limited basis.”

The team had a day off on Thursday, then practiced on Friday and Saturday, before taking Sunday off. The team will practice on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s 7:30 pm game at Tennessee.