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LSU linebacker Arden Key (49) and LSU defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence (90) celebrate a defensive play during the first half of the LSU-Louisville Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl football game Saturday Dec. 31, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

LSU practiced Monday at the closest it's been to full strength this year. 

Running back Derrius Guice, F-back JD Moore, offensive tackle Toby Weathersby and defensive end Rashard Lawrence participated in Monday's drills. Their statuses for Saturday's game at Florida remain in question, though coach Ed Orgeron suggested earlier Monday that Lawrence would return this week.

Monday was a good sign for several players to return to action, including tight end Caleb Roddy, who has missed most of practice since preseason camp for undisclosed reasons. 

Guice, Moore, Weathersby and Lawrence's return was the most significant. Guice appeared to injure his left knee late in the third quarter of the loss at Mississippi State. He played sparingly against Syracuse and missed the 24-21 loss to Troy last Saturday. 

Lawrence, a sophomore and the Tigers' most consistent defender, is battling an ankle injury. He has missed three of the first five games this year, including last week. Weathersby's injury situation is unclear. He missed last week of practice and the game against Troy, replaced in the starting lineup by true freshman Saahdiq Charles. 

Moore missed last week's game for an undisclosed reason, presumably an injury. He was present at practice Monday. 

More observations:

  • Freshman JaCoby Stevens appears to have moved back to safety, the original position in which he signed with the program this year. Stevens was moved to receiver in camp and then to F-back last week, as coaches attempt to get him more action. He worked with the safeties during drills Monday. The Tigers lost starting safety Ed Paris to a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago. Orgeron said Stevens could be moved back to safety in an "emergency" situation. 
  • NT Ed Alexander practiced Monday without a cast on his right hand. Alexander went through drills all last week with the cast. He fractured a finger on his right hand against Mississippi State and has missed the past two games. Orgeron suggested earlier Monday that he'd return this week against the Gators.
  • RB Darrel Williams missed practice while he nurses an ankle injury he suffered late in the loss to Troy. After the game, Orgeron said he expected Williams to be "fine." 
  • OLB Corey Thompson participated in practice, along with OL Donavaughn Campbell. Thompson missed the second half of the Troy loss with what LSU's radio broadcast called a stinger in his right shoulder/neck. Campbell is battling an injury to his left ankle/foot and was recently seen on crutches. He dressed out full on Monday. Orgeron said earlier this fall that Campbell could redshirt this season. 
  • CB Xavier Lewis was one of the more noticeable absentees from practice viewing. 

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