That club-like cast that LSU fullback Connor Neighbors played with Saturday is coming off, and the senior is expected to start this week against Louisiana-Monroe despite another injury suffered in the win over Sam Houston State, coach Les Miles said Monday.
Neighbors suffered a bone bruise in the second quarter of the 56-0 win over the Bearkats, according to a report by the SEC Network. The school is not confirming the extent of the injury, but Miles said Neighbors’ injury is “improved” and that he should “play and start.”
The game broadcast showed running back Terrence Magee stepping on Neighbors’ left foot during a running play. Neighbors grimaced and clutched the foot before walking off the field. He did not return.
Neighbors sprained his right wrist in practice last week and had a white cast covering his right hand and fingers during the game, which prevented him from being used as a receiver out of the backfield. Miles said the cast will be replaced this Saturday with “a very mobile and agile hand.”
Linebacker Kwon Alexander is expected to be fully healthy for this week’s game after resting for much of Saturday’s win, Miles said.
Alexander played just the first two to three series against Sam Houston before being replaced by Deion Jones. Alexander, according to LSU’s radio show, suffered a stinger in the season-opening win against Wisconsin on Aug. 30 in Houston.
“He’s going to be fine for this game,” Miles said. “We didn’t feel like we needed to play him. He got nicked early in the going, and we decided to keep him out. It’s not an ankle; it’s not this. He was bruised up a little bit, and we feel like with some quiet time, he’ll be fine.”
Three for three
LSU will host Mississippi State in a night kickoff Sept. 20, giving the Tigers a prime-time slot for their first three home games of the season.
The Bulldogs and Tigers will kick off at 6 p.m. and air on ESPN, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday. CBS, which has first selection among the SEC-affiliated networks, chose Florida-Alabama for its afternoon time slot.
ESPN scooped up Mississippi State-LSU with the second pick to give LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva what he fought for during the offseason: more night kickoffs.
No. 12 LSU (2-0) hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU). The Tigers’ game against Sam Houston State began at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network. LSU opened the season in Houston with a 28-24 comeback win over Wisconsin; that game started after 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Foster’s foot surgery a success
LSU reserve quarterback and baseball outfielder Jared Foster tweeted Monday that “everything went well” with his foot surgery. The Advocate reported last week that Foster was set to have foot surgery Monday and likely will miss the 2014 regular season.
“Would like to thank all my friends and family for the prayers and support! Everything went well!” Foster tweeted.
Depth chart moves
LSU’s Week 3 depth chart had no major shifts.
Quarterbacks Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are still listed as co-starters with an “or” between their names.
Receiver Malachi Dupre moved one spot on the depth chart ahead of Avery Peterson, while tight end Logan Stokes shifted to the No. 2 spot at his position. DeSean Smith, who dropped a pass in the season opener, fell from second- to third-string at tight end.