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LSU edge rusher Arden Key is expected the first half of preseason camp. 

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Ed Orgeron on Thursday revealed the latest update on the player who’s caused the loudest buzz during LSU’s offseason.

Edge rusher Arden Key will miss, at least, the first half of the Tigers’ preseason camp while he continues recovery from shoulder surgery, and coaches won’t know his status for the season opener until the end of August.

“We don’t know when he’s going to be ready, but obviously we expect him to play this year and have a great year. We won’t know (his playing status) until the end of camp,” Orgeron said during an Eagle 98.1 Kickoff Party at Walk On’s in New Orleans. “I’m going to listen to the doctors. Some days he’s able to get into uniform and practice, he’s going to do that, but I don’t see that happening in the next couple of weeks.”

Orgeron reaffirmed, as he’s done all summer, that Key’s rehabilitation on the shoulder continues “going well.” He’s started lifting light weights and running, but he won’t start camp with the team on Monday, the coach revealed several weeks ago. He’s not yet been ruled out for the Sept. 2 opener in Houston against BYU, but Orgeron has previously said that he could miss early-season game time.

“There is a chance” Key could play against the Cougars, he said Thursday.

Key, a Georgia native who broke the school single-season sack record last year, is integral to the Tigers’ defense, but coaches have a backup plan in case he’s absent come September. They played without Key during spring practice, tutoring a group of players to potentially replace him, specifically redshirt freshmen Ray Thornton and Andre Anthony.

True freshman K’Lavon Chaisson, an edge rusher that Orgeron compares to Key, has impressed coaches this summer enough for Orgeron to suggest Chaisson and Key could be on the field at the same time this year.

“When Arden’s healthy, you may see K’Lavon Chaisson on one end and Arden on the other,” Orgeron said. “They’re going to be tough to deal with.”

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