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LSU OT Faulk out for Washington

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU will be without left tackle Chris Faulk when the third-ranked Tigers host Washington Saturday at Tiger Stadium because of an unspecified injury suffered this week at practice, head coach Les Miles said Wednesday.

"We don't know exactly how bad [the injury is]," Miles said. "We hope to return him to the game sometime soon. I don't know the specifics there."

Miles did not specify the nature of Faulk's injury, but he made it clear that he would miss the UW game.

He said for the Washington game, he would look at one of the three possibilities to replace Faulk: Moving utility senior Josh Dworaczyk into Faulk's spot, sliding left guard La'el Collins to left tackle and moving Dworaczyk to Collins' guard spot or moving right tackle Alex Hurst over to left tackle and moving true freshman Vadal Alexander in to the starting lineup.

"We are kind of operating with the idea that we are moving guys around to give them a multiple feel for that position," Miles said. "No decisions will be made right now as to how we'll go Saturday, but we feel pretty comfortable that we'll be good there."

The injury to Faulk, a junior who was second-team all-SEC last season, evens out the offensive line injuries between the Tigers and Huskies, who lost tackle Ben Riva to a broken arm in last week's win over San Diego State. UW struggled after Riva and running back Jesse Callier both went out with injuries after the Huskies scored two early touchdowns. UW did not score another offensive touchdown in a 21-12 win.

Miles also said there was no news on linebacker Tahj Jones' attempt to get an academic issue cleared up to allow him to play. He did say running back Spencer Ware, who did not play in the opener against North Texas after struggling with an injury during August camp, has practiced every day this week and would be available.