Woods still not medically cleared

USC receiver Robert Woods (ankle) has not yet been medically cleared for on-field work and continues to sit out of summer workouts for the Trojans.

Woods underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery last December to fix torn ligaments that bothered him throughout the 2011 season and was supposed to be cleared to participate in practice by March. But he was later ruled out for the duration of spring practice, with the stated hope of being fully healthy for fall camp beginning the the first week of August.

The junior wideout said Friday he is expecting to get the OK shortly, as soon as a final MRI is taken and approved by university doctors. In the meantime, he has worked out privately with Matt Barkley in an attempt to maintain timing with the Trojans' starting signal-caller.

He originally suffered the injury in April 2011, on the day before the spring game. According to USC coach Lane Kiffin, Woods hurt it playing pick-up basketball with his girlfriend on the USC campus.

Woods attended the Trojans' unofficial Friday throwing session and watched in street clothes while Barkley practiced with other receivers like De'Von Flournoy.