LSU receiver Travin Dural suffered a deep laceration to the head during a car wreck Sunday morning, but coach Les Miles said he will play Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.
Dural needed “about 15 stitches” to his forehead, said his former high school coach at Breaux Bridge, Paul Broussard. He had not been practicing with the team this week because he was unable to wear a helmet with the stitches, another source confirmed.
Miles said Dural returned to practice Wednesday.
“He had a little accident,” Miles said. “Sustained very minor soft tissue injury. He’ll be fine, and he’ll play in this game.”
Doctors have cleared Dural to play Saturday if he can wear the helmet while not disturbing the stitches, Broussard said.
Dural was the driver of the vehicle in an early morning crash Sunday. He was heading north on Nicholson Drive and made a left turn onto Bob Pettit Boulevard without having a green arrow, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said.
A Chevy Avalanche, driving south-bound on Nicholson, collided with Dural’s vehicle. No citations were issued.
Paramedics responded to the crash at 3:16 a.m. Sunday, EMS spokesman Mike Schustz said. LSU beat Sam Houston State 56-0 Saturday, a game that ended about 10 p.m. Dural was transported to Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City for the injury, a source said.
Miles said Dural was picking up a friend who had misplaced his keys.
Dural is LSU’s leading receiver through the first two games of the season. He has six catches for 291 yards, 200 more yards than the next best, John Diarse. Dural has caught four touchdowns, as he’s developed into a long-ball target for quarterback Anthony Jennings.
If Dural can’t play, LSU is likely to use true freshman receiver Malachi Dupre more. Diarse, freshman Trey Quinn and Dupre are the Tigers next top receivers.
Three down, two to go for Evan Washington.
The LSU offensive lineman has played three positions on the five-man line through two games.
Washington played right tackle in the season opener against Wisconsin, temporarily replacing starter Jerald Hawkins. He played right guard and left guard in the 56-0 win over Sam Houston State.
The key to switching positions midgame is focus, Washington said.
“Got to be a little extra focused on the details,” he said.
Washington, a 340-pound senior from Texas, is the line’s sixth man, Miles has said in the past. He’s the backup to nearly every position aside from center.
What about tight end?
“If they throw me a pass, I’ll play it,” Washington said laughing. “I don’t want to be a blocking tight end. Get me an eligible number, I’ll be ready to go.”
Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao began practicing with LSU this week, Miles said Wednesday.
Lealaimatafao, a three-star product from Texas, punched through a window after an argument with a teammate over the summer, severely cutting his left biceps. He was hospitalized.
Miles said it’s too early to determine if Lealaimatafao will be redshirted. He said coaches expected the freshman “to be in the mix right now if he had not sustained injury,”
Lealaimatafao tweeted a photo of himself at practice in full gear Tuesday. In the background of the photo, linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis are seen not in practice gear.
Miles said Wednesday that Alexander will practice “probably” two days this week, and Louis will practice the “entire” week. The coach said both are expected to play.
Alexander is recovering from a shoulder stinger. Louis’ injury is unclear.
LSU led all colleges with 38 players on NFL opening day rosters, the league announced Wednesday.
The 38 active NFL players in Week 1 put the Tigers ahead of Southern Cal (37), Alabama (36), Georgia (34) and Florida (33). LSU also led the NFL in number of defensive tackles with six and was tied for most defensive backs with nine.