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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron takes the field with his players before kickoff against Mississippi State, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, Ms.

Derrius Guice is a no go, but Frank Herron's return date is set. 

LSU will be missing its star junior running back in Saturday's game against Syracuse, coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday on his radio call-in show. Meanwhile, Herron, a fifth-year senior who's missed the first three games, is expected to return for the game against Auburn on Oct. 14.

Guice is recovering from what appears to be a left knee injury he suffered late in the third quarter of the loss to Mississippi State last weekend. He's missed the first three days of practice this week. 

"He will not play this week, but he is getting better," Orgeron said of Guice. 

Herron's absence — presumed to be an eligibility/suspension issue — has been shrouded in secrecy, but it will soon end, Orgeron said.

"Frank Herron, in a couple of weeks, should be ready to go," the coach said Wednesday from his radio show at TJ Ribs restaurant in Baton Rouge. 

He confirmed after the show that Herron will return against Auburn. 

Herron is currently "not eligible," Orgeron said earlier Wednesday during the show. LSU hosts the Orange on Saturday before meeting Troy in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers then start a torrid stretch of seven straight SEC games, beginning with a trip to Florida followed before that game against Auburn.

The game against Auburn is Game 7 of LSU's season, signaling that Herron's suspension was for half of the season. Orgeron has said in the past that he does not announce or comment on suspensions. 

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