It only took 30 days.
30 days -- a full month -- for USC defensive end Wes Horton to return to the practice field after injuring his back on an errant kick by fellow end Nick Perry late in the fourth quarter of the Washington State game.
It wasn't supposed to take that long, obviously. But, after missing three games and returning in a limited capacity last week, Horton is finally healthy.
The specifics of the injury have never been fully disclosed, but it's believed to have been something in his lower back, possibly even an issue with his lower vertebrae. He was wearing visible protection in that area in recent weeks.
Monday, all of that was off and Horton was participating in all of practice.
"I feel like it's finally to the point where I feel like I can go full-go," he said after practice. "It feels good."
To give you an idea of his importance to the defensive line: Horton led the team in sacks, with three, after the Washington State game. Three games later, with contests against Washington, Stanford and Cal in the books that he missed, he still shares the team lead in that category with Perry.
The question now is whether he can back into shape to defend against the ever-speedy Oregon offense. See what Horton had to say about that and more Monday in this video interview: