The mysterious injury that kept LSU right tackle Toby Weathersby on and off the field for several weeks was diagnosed as “heat-related headaches” Weathersby said on Wednesday.
In his first media appearance since he started missing practices leading up to the Troy game more than a month ago, Weathersby confirmed the ailment, but said he is back to full health now and feels as good as ever.
He previously missed the Troy and Auburn games while playing in the Florida game between those two.
Weathersby was a frequent absence in practice, and when he wasn’t, was often seen in a yellow, non-contact jersey.
He returned to the field this past weekend against Ole Miss and appears to have put the issue behind him.
“I’m feeling great. I’m 100 percent. I’m smiling. I’m walking around. I’m bouncing on my toes,” Weathersby said. “I might pull out a video of me dunking just to prove how healthy I really am.”
Weathersby also shed light on the strange headgear he wore over his helmet against Florida three weeks ago.
The protective outer casing was previously reported to be the Pro Tech soft shell, designed to help protect players from concussions, but Weathersby downplayed its importance, referring to it as more of a trial than a necessity.
“It was nothing,” he said. “Just something to try out. There were some players in the NFL who had worn it. It was just to see how we could use it in a game — because it was pretty heavy — to see if it was something you would want to use in a game. I tried it out. It’s pretty cool. Like a Martian. Other than that it was good.”
Weathersby said he used to mock teammates who wore the headgear in the past, but won’t be doing so anymore.
Defensive end Rashard Lawrence also gave an update on his health status on Wednesday, saying he feels 80 to 85 percent at the moment, but with the open date this weekend, he feels he could improve to 95 to 100 percent health by the time the Tigers travel to Alabama.
Lawrence was sidelined with injuries to both ankles at different points in the season.
On the Southeastern Conference teleconference call Wednesday morning, coach Ed Orgeron said he believes LSU will be “very healthy” for the Alabama game.