LSU camp: Injuries a worry at early workouts

August, 9, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's August camp graduates Friday from the limited contact portion -- four days where the NCAA does not allow full contact -- to the first day of full pads Friday morning.

Limiting contact theoretically should limit injuries. But for the Tigers that hasn't been the case.

LSU suffered what appears to be its second major injury of camp Wednesday when, according to several reports, offensive guard Josh Williford was knocked out with his second concussion in 10 months. This one might be career-threatening.

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Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY SportsTrai Turner might find more playing time with Josh Williford going down with another concussion.
Williford, then LSU's starting right guard, was knocked out of the Florida game with a concussion and missed the remainder of the season. He said by the Chick-fil-A Bowl, he felt normal again and got past the fear of the re-injury.

But it happened anyway and given his history with concussions, his career is now in jeopardy.

Williford moved to left guard in the spring after his 2012 replacement, Trai Turner solidified the right guard spot. Williford was the first team left guard when he went down and will likely be replaced by Vadal Alexander, last year's starter at right tackle for much of the season.

Alexander has missed the last three days of practice while redshirt freshman Jerald Hawkins lined up with the first team at right tackle. But head coach Les Miles said that Alexander's injury, which he proclaimed to be "less" than a sprained ankle, would not keep him out of Friday's practice.

LSU also lost freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson, possibly for the season.

Peterson mentioned that he was done with August camp on social media. Miles would not confirm the nature of the injury Thursday, but did say Peterson might miss the season, or at the very least not be available to come back until late in the season.

Not all the injury news was bad. The Alexander injury turned out to be less than severe and Miles said an injury to tight end DeSean Smith was not severe either.

Hill will miss time

If you think Jeremy Hill was going to get by without missing any game action after he was allowed back on the team following an indefinite suspension, Miles refuted that notion in a very Miles-esque way.

Asked if Hill would miss games as a punishment for pleading guilty to misdemeanor simple battery charge -- thus extending the probation from an older misdemeanor charge he plead guilty to -- for the second time in four days, Miles declined to say.

But he did say that "there will be withholding," of games. Does that mean an entire game? Maybe a quarter of a game? Miles declined to specify.

Come together

Not only will Friday's morning practice mark the first full pads practice of camp, it will also mark the first time the team will come together for one practice.

For the first four days, the team has been split into a morning and an afternoon session, with the morning session reserved for a mostly veteran group with some young players getting to join the morning sessions and some veterans being asked to provide leadership in the afternoon session.

That trend continued Thursday with the most notable young participant in the veteran session being offensive lineman Ethan Pocic, who ran with the first team at center.





Gary Laney | email

Reporter, GeauxTigerNation

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