LSU defensive end Rashard Lawrence will miss the Tigers home opener on Saturday against UT-Chattanooga, coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday.
Lawrence played nearly the entire game of the 27-0 season-opening win over BYU in New Orleans, but at least twice he limped around the field, clearly having injured his foot or ankle.
Orgeron declined comment when asked about Lawrence's status for next week, repeating his original answer. The Tigers travel to play Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference opener.
"Rashard will not play this week," Orgeron said.
Lawrence is the Tigers' most consistent defensive lineman, Orgeron has said in the past. The redshirt freshman from Monroe beat out Frank Herron in spring practice to win the job as the opposite defensive end to Christian LaCouture. He was in on a sack and made four tackles against the Cougars.
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The 12th-ranked Tigers (1-0) will play the Mocs (0-1) without two of their top four linemen entering the season. Fifth-year senior Frank Herron is not cleared to play Saturday for undisclosed reasons, Orgeron said earlier this week.
Lawrence's replacement will be a freshmen. Redshirt freshman Glen Logan will start, Orgeron said. True freshmen Neil Farrell and Justin Thomas will also rotate in at that spot, the coach said.
Lawrence missed, at least, the first three practices this week.
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All-American edge rusher Arden Key is not ready to play, Orgeron reaffirmed Thursday, but the coach hopes to learn “more stuff” about his star junior during practice next week.
Key practiced without an injury jersey for the first time this fall on Wednesday and participated Tuesday in live one-on-one contact drills. He continues to recover from shoulder surgery he underwent in May.
“We’re just bringing him along slowly, seeing what he can do,” Orgeron said. “He’s not ready yet.”
Key does not have another doctor visit scheduled next week, Orgeron said. The coach hopes to determine his playing status during drills next week. LSU meets Mississippi State next Saturday in Starkville.
“I work with him every day. I know where he’s at. He’s not ready,” Orgeron said.
What does he need to see?
"More stuff," the coach replied.