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USC Linebacker Played Through Gruesome Injury Without Telling Medical Staff

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Football players often have to play through some pain.

But one USC linebacker has reset the standard for toughness.

According to Antonio Morales of The Athletic, USC head coach Lincoln Riley revealed Tuesday that, at one point earlier this season, linebacker Tuasivi Nomura suffered a compound fracture of one of his fingers.

Yet even with his bone exposed, Nomura didn't immediately leave the game or tell a trainer. He played three more snaps before addressing the issue.

"Lincoln Riley revealed that LB Tuasivi Nomura sustained a compound fracture on a finger during a game earlier this season, didn’t tell anyone and played three more plays with the bone sticking out of his finger before telling anyone." -- Antonio Morales

Riley didn't say when the injury occurred, but Nomura played just seven snaps during the Trojans' Week Three win over Fresno State and then missed the next week's contest at Oregon State, so that would make sense. 

Nomura, a junior, has been back on the field for the team's past three games. He has logged 14 tackles on the season.

Nomura may not be a starter for the Trojans, but he's already a legend for that display of toughness.