Doctors told the sophomore from Newport Beach, Calif., there was no fracture in his right hand and that he could resume throwing in a week. Barkley initially suffered the injury in Saturday's spring game after hitting what he said was his knuckle on the helmet of defensive tackle Jurrell Casey while following through on a 41-yard touchdown pass to receiver Travon Patterson.
Barkley had said Saturday he suspected the injury to be only a bruise and added that he would've returned to the field had it been a regular-season game, but the school announced Monday he would be re-examined.
"It's what I thought it was," Barkley said in a statement Tuesday. "It's nothing to worry about. It sure hurt when it happened, but it's a whole lot better now. I can squeeze my hand and make a first. There's no long-term problem. I'll be throwing again real soon."
Barkley, who was the Trojans' starter as a freshman last season, had minor surgery on his right wrist earlier this offseason and missed some workouts but returned to spring practice with no ill effects. School officials emphasized the two injuries had no relation.