LSU receiver Travin Dural suffered a deep laceration to the head during a car accident 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’s unable to wear a helmet with the stitches, another source confirmed.
Miles said Dural returned to practice with the team 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 accident Sunday. He was heading north on Nicholson Drive and made a left turn onto Bob Pettit Blvd. 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 corner of Nicholson and Bob Pettit Blvd. at 3:16 a.m. Sunday, EMS spokesman Mike Schustz said. LSU beat Sam Houston State 56-0 on Saturday, a game that ended at 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.
Miles addressed other injuries Wednesday morning on the Southeastern Conference teleconference about linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis.
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.