Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING LSU defensive tackle Quentin Thomas walks off the field after LSU's loss in Baton Rouge. LSU made a late comeback after Mississippi State rolled to a big lead, but fell short 34-29.

OCALA, Fla. — The LSU defensive line may get a much-needed veteran back on the field Saturday night as junior defensive tackle Quentin Thomas arrived with the team in Gainesville, Florida, LSU football sports information director Michael Bonnette said.

Thomas tore his right biceps before the start of the regular season, and he recently suffered an injury to his left arm against Mississippi State back on Sept. 20.

He did not make the trip to Auburn last weekend.

The Breaux Bridge native started the first two games of the season against Wisconsin and Sam Houston State. His third start of the season came against Mississippi State, where he suffered his second injury of the year.

Over the first four contests of the season, Thomas recorded five tackles, including two assists against the Bulldogs.

His return would help bolster a defensive trench that has attributed to the worst run defense in the Southeastern Conference (184.3 rushing yards per game allowed) and has had to rely on sophomore Christian LaCouture and true freshman Davon Godchaux.

“We think (Thomas) may be ready to play,” Miles said after his squad’s practice on Wednesday evening.