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Chattanooga running back Alex Trotter (24) is smothered on the stop by LSU linebacker Corey Thompson (23), LSU linebacker Donnie Alexander (48), LSU safety Grant Delpit (9) and LSU defensive tackle Ed Alexander (95) during the first half of LSU's football home opener against Chattanooga Saturday Sept. 9, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.. LSU won 45-10.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

Ed Alexander returned to practice Monday after missing last week.

Alexander, LSU's backup nose tackle, partially participated in Monday's light indoor workout. He donned a soft cast on his right hand and was limited during some drills. 

Alexander, a sophomore and a rotational player, re-injured his hand during LSU's loss at Mississippi State in Game 3 and did not play in the win over Syracuse last week. Coach Ed Orgeron did not address his status during Monday's weekly news conference, but he said last week that Alexander would be back in "a couple of weeks."

More observations from practice:

  • Safety John Battle did not practice Monday, as expected. Orgeron said earlier Monday that the fourth-year junior would miss drills but should be available this week against Troy. He suffered a stinger to his shoulder during the Syracuse game, according to LSU's radio broadcast. 
  • DE Rashard Lawrence (ankle) and RB Derrius Guice (undisclosed) did not practice Monday. Orgeron ruled out Lawrence for the game this week against Troy, but left open the possibility that Guice could play, though he's doubtful. 
  • DE Frank Herron missed Monday's practice. Herron has been in and out of drills during this season and he has not dressed out for a game. He will return for the Oct. 14 game against Auburn, Orgeron said last week.  
  • Also absent was WR Drake Davis and RT Toby Weathersby.  

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