LSU’s defense has taken another hit with the news that senior LB Corey Thompson suffered a leg injury in practice Wednesday.
NOLA.com’s James Smith reported that early fears are that Thompson has a broken fibula. Such an injury would require surgery and typically has a recovery time of six to eight weeks. The news comes the same week that LSU learned it would be losing DT Christian LaCouture and LB Isaiah Washington for the season because of major knee injuries.
Thompson moved from safety to linebacker in the spring to give the Tigers more depth at the position. He started in three games at safety in 2015.
The injuries to Thompson and Washington leave the Tigers even thinner at linebacker, a position where they already needed depth. Washington’s injury takes away a talented pass rusher. The loss of Thompson takes away a versatile defender who can stop the run and cover in space.
Thompson’s injury especially hurts the Tigers because he would have given them depth at inside linebacker while also having the ability to play outside. True freshman Devin White is LSU’s main reserve should anything happen to ILB Donnie Alexander or ILB Kendell Beckwith.