LSU outside linebacker Corey Thompson practiced Tuesday for the first time since fracturing his ankle during preseason camp eight weeks ago. 

Thompson, a senior from Texas, participated in drills in normal uniform. He did not don a gold non-contact jersey, a sign of good health. His status for this week's game against Southern Miss is unclear. 

Interim coach Ed Orgeron said he spoke to Thompson and Thompson's father about Thompson’s options going forward, including a possible medical redshirt, but the coach didn’t rule out a possible return this season.

"He will be able to play this year,” Orgeron said. “He’s not ready yet. We’re going to do more things with him right now. I spoke to him and his father last week on the phone. There’s always options. People are thinking how much are you going to play, should you use it as a redshirt year. I told his dad, ‘Let’s take it day-by-day. Let’s see if Corey wants to play. Let’s see how much we’re going to use him, how much we’re going to play him.'”

Other observations:

  • Absentees: The same four players who missed practice all last week and Monday were absent from practice Tuesday. The list includes running back Leonard Fournette (left ankle), offensive linemen Will Clapp (right shoulder) and Toby Weathersby (right ankle) and tight end Foster Moreau (illness). Clapp is the only one who's been ruled out for the USM game, according to comments made by Orgeron last week.
  • Scouting: Scouts from nearly every NFL team visited LSU on Tuesday, and more than a dozen of them stuck around to watch practice. In all, over 30 scouts visited the program Tuesday. Scouts from the Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Seahawks, Packers, Giants and Chargers had representatives watching practice, along with several other franchises. 
  • Saivion update: Defensive back Saivion Smith appears to have returned to full health after missing the game against Missouri with an unspecified injury. Smith, a freshman, practiced in normal uniform, shedding the gold non-contact jersey he donned Monday and last week.

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