LSU left guard Vadal Alexander out for game against Arkansas _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (74), LSU offensive lineman Alex Cheramie (61) and LSU center Elliott Porter (55) celebrate with LSU fans who stormed the field in celebration after the game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 10-7.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - LSU starting left guard Vadal Alexander has a hand injury and did not travel with the team to Arkansas, a source confirmed to The Advocate on Saturday.

Alexander has started all 10 games this season at left guard. He’s one of four returning starters on an O-line that the Tigers rely on heavily. They run the ball 69 percent of the time, a number that leads the Southeastern Conference.

No. 20 LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) meets Arkansas (4-5, 0-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

It’s unclear who will replace Alexander. On LSU’s pregame depth chart, Hoko Fanaika and Evan Washington are listed as Alexander’s backups.

Fanaika started the first three games of the season at right guard before being replaced by Ethan Pocic. Washington has played in seven games this season with no starts. He’s played at left guard, right tackle and right guard.

LSU’s running game - one that averages 220 yards a game - is already missing running back Kenny Hilliard, who is out for the remaining games of the regular season with a shoulder injury.

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