Ed Orgeron

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron encourages his players in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. No. 24 LSU won 40-24. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSRS124

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The prospects of LSU getting back its starting left tackle are more grim by the day. 

Fifth-year senior KJ Malone missed Wednesday's practice, three days ahead of the showdown with No. 1-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Malone is listed by Orgeron as "questionable" for the game against the Tide, but he has not practiced since injuring his left knee against Florida - nearly four consecutive weeks of missed drills.

In positive news for the Tigers, sophomore edge rusher Sci Martin participated in practice for what was believed to be the first time since August. Martin has not dressed out for a game this season for undisclosed reasons.

Martin rotated with LSU's edge rushers during spring practice, the third guy behind Andre Anthony and Ray Thornton. Starting Buck linebacker Arden Key missed spring drills while on a leave of absence, and freshman K'Lavon Chaisson had not yet enrolled in school.  

Martin's status for LSU's game at Alabama is uncertain. Teams can only travel 70 of their 85 scholarship players on SEC road trips.

Malone's absence likely means the 19th-ranked Tigers (8-0, 5-0) will start two true freshmen on the offensive line for a third straight games - this time against the top-ranked Tide (8-0, 5-0). Saahdiq Charles is expected to start at left tackle, and Ed Ingram at right guard. 

Other practice observations

  • OLB Corey Thompson practiced without a gold injury jersey. Thompson is battling a number of issues. He wore a gold jersey in practice during the bye week last week. LB Donnie Alexander, who did not play against Ole Miss, practiced without a gold jersey, which signifies limited contact because of injury. 
  • WR Mannie Netherly was missing from practice for at least the second day this week. Meanwhile, CB Kristian Fulton practiced in his regular jersey. Fulton had been practicing in a scout team uniform. Fulton has not dressed out for a game this season.

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