Sophomore lineman Toby Weathersby did not travel to Auburn with the rest of the LSU football team, a source confirmed to The Advocate.
Weathersby, the Tigers' starting right tackle, sprained his right ankle in the first half of the game against Mississippi State, and he sported a walking boot on the right foot Monday. Coach Les Miles declined to reveal Weathersby’s status earlier this week but said sophomore Maea Teuhema will replace him in the starting lineup if he couldn’t go.
Teams can only travel 70 players to Southeastern Conference road games. No. 17 LSU (2-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) plays at Auburn (1-2, 0-1) Saturday.
LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette did not immediately reply to a message for comment.
Teuhema, like Weathersby a Texas product, is a seasoned backup. He played the entire second half against the Bulldogs and started 11 games at left guard last year. He started at right guard for the then-suspended Josh Boutte in Game 2 against Jacksonville State. Teuhema emerged from spring practice as LSU's starting left tackle before an ankle sprain over the summer slowed his progress.
Miles this week cited "HIPAA," the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, when asked if Weathersby had practiced. On Monday, he cited "Homeland Security" as a reason that he could not answer a question on Weathersby's health.
Tight end Colin Jeter, during a running play, landed on Weathersby’s right ankle in the second quarter of the win over State. He returned for the final possession of the first half, re-injuring the ankle.