LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, seriously injured after punching through a window Monday, has been released from the hospital and will begin rehabilitation, team spokesman Michael Bonnette said Wednesday.
Lealaimatafao, a 6-foot, 300-pound three-star defensive tackle signee from San Antonio, punched through a glass window in the LSU weight room Monday, tearing muscles to the bone, multiple sources said.
He had been hospitalized over the last two nights for what a source said was a “severe laceration.”
The punch stemmed from a dispute with a teammate, two sources said. Lealaimatafao received stitches for the wound, and there was no permanent damage to the arm, a source said.
Lealaimatafao, who was expected to challenge for playing time among the defensive tackles, remains a part of the LSU football team, Bonnette said. Lealaimatafao has not been ruled out to play this season, Bonnette said. Bonnette said.
Lealaimatafao’s family “appreciates all of the support” but has no other comment on the situation, Bonnette said.
“The support for him has been overwhelming,” Bonnette said, “and they’re very appreciative.”
Lealaimatafao tweeted a photo of himself Tuesday morning in the hospital with the message, “Hi everyone I’m doing well.” The photo shows Lealaimatafao’s left arm in a cast up to his biceps and down to his hand.
Late Monday night, Lealaimatafao tweeted out this message: “Learning experience, thank God i’m alive.”
Lealaimatafao was rated the No. 32 defensive tackle in the nation, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings. He was listed as fourth on the LSU preseason depth chart at defensive tackle behind starter Christian LaCouture, Marquedius Bain and Frank Herron.