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Copeland injury adds to LSU's long list

9/30/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Injuries continue to mount for LSU's offense.

Fullback J.C. Copeland, a valuable part of the run-first offense, left Saturday's 38-22 win over Towson with a knee injury. He later had ice put on the knee and he left the field on crutches, putting no weight on the injured leg.

Asked about Copeland's status, LSU coach Les Miles said "We still have a couple fullbacks there we can line up and play with. Obviously we don't have J.C."

He then seemed to back off of ruling Copeland out, saying "If he's not back." Clearly, Miles wasn't counting on it.

If the Tigers are without Copeland going forward, sophomore Connor Neighbors is the next fullback on the LSU depth chart. He'll be hard-pressed to replace the production of Copeland, who has been a devastating lead blocker for LSU's running game and has also scored three touchdowns this season.

If Copeland is lost for an extended period, he'd be the third offensive starter to miss extended time to injury. Offensive tackle Chris Faulk was lost for the season to a knee injury suffered at practice one game into the season. Running back Alfred Blue was lost to injury in the Tigers' win over Idaho.