Farmer survives spider scare

USC receiver George Farmer was bitten on his arm by a brown recluse spider last month near his L.A. home and had to have his arm scraped this week to remove all remnants of the bite, sources close to the player told ESPNLosAngeles.com. He is expected to be OK.

Brown recluse spider bites are known for being especially fierce and potentially fatal, although the majority can be treated without much incident.

A USC spokesperson confirmed the incident, adding that Farmer should be able to complete in football activities in one to two weeks after being treated by university doctors.

Summer workouts begin for the Trojans later this month, with fall camp officially starting in early August and the 2012 season kicking off Sept. 1.

Farmer, 18, is a talented sophomore wideout for the Trojans who spent much of his freshman season at running back. He has been bothered by various nagging injuries during his year with the program, including in the spring of 2012, when a hamstring injury caused him to sit out of almost all of the practice sessions.

Brown recluse spider bites are known to take some time before causing any pain, but they can also have deadly consequences if left untreated.