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Outside linebacker Arden Key was back at LSU practice on Monday.

LSU practice report: Arden Key, Donnie Alexander, KJ Malone return

Alex Hickey

BATON ROUGE, La. — A trio of Tigers who missed LSU’s game at Tennessee returned to practice on Monday, while quarterback Danny Etling is finding a way to deal with an injury of his own.

Left tackle KJ Malone practiced for the first time since leaving the Florida game with what he describes as an “injured” patellar tendon. Malone is hoping to get on the field for senior day, though he knows he probably won’t take freshman Saahdiq Charles’ place in the starting lineup.

“It’s my last time in Death Valley, so I want to dress out and be out there with the guys one more time,” Malone told reporters earlier Monday afternoon.

Ed Orgeron said that Malone is still “very questionable” to play.

Key, who is four sacks shy of Rydell Melancon’s LSU career record of 25, practiced with a heavy brace on his right knee.

Key did not travel to Tennessee after injuring the knee against Arkansas the previous week.

Senior inside linebacker Donnie Alexander, who also missed the Tennessee game after getting hurt on a tackle against Arkansas, was also at practice for the first time since that game. Alexander has elevated his game in recent weeks, ranking fifth on the team with 49 tackles this season.

Quarterback Danny Etling practiced with a heavy wrap over his throwing hand. Etling facetiously described his injury as a “paper cut” during his Monday session with the media. The cut, which actually came courtesy of a Tennessee helmet, is on the back of Etling’s right hand.

The wrap didn’t appear to have any affect on the short throws the quarterback made Monday, though he did not throw any deep balls during the open viewing period.

The Tigers close out the regular season against Texas A&M this Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.