BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU offensive line, which hasn’t been at full strength for nearly a month, sure picked a good time to get healthy.
LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that he believes right tackle Toby Weathersby, who has missed LSU’s last three games with an ankle injury, will be ready to play when LSU takes on Alabama at Tiger Stadium next Saturday. Orgeron also added that left guard Will Clapp, who missed two weeks with a shoulder injury but returned for last Saturday’s win over Ole Miss, will be ready to go against the Crimson Tide as well.
“Toby looked good; he played most of the reps,” Orgeron said of Tuesday’s first bye-week practice. “Clapp looked good, he played most of the reps. A lot of guys looked good.”
When No. 1 Alabama rolls into town, how LSU’s offensive line performs will be perhaps the most important phase of the game. The Crimson Tide have the No. 1 rushing defense in the FBS, allowing only 70 yards per game, 23 yards fewer than the second-best team in the country. On top of that, Alabama has four players ranked in the top 15 in the SEC in tackles-for-loss and three players ranked in the top 10 in the conference in sacks.
Slowing down this active front seven, in Orgeron’s mind, will be the hardest task for Weathersby in his return.
“Oh, no question,” Orgeron said. “Getting used to the physicality of this game. Obviously they’ll be playing against some great players. They’re well coached. [But] he’ll be fresh physically. If he’s 100 percent, we’re going to play him.”
In other miscellaneous injury notes:
- Wide receiver D.J. Chark was not at practice Tuesday with a sprained finger.
- Tight end Colin Jeter missed practice with a sprained wrist.
- Fullback J.D. Moore was at practice, but was not dressed out, because of a muscle strain.
Orgeron did not indicate how long he expects these three to be out, but he didn’t seem to think the injuries are serious enough to merit any worry.