LSU freshman offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell is having surgery on his shoulder Wednesday, he posted on his Twitter account, and he's expected to miss the Tigers' game against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31.
Shoulder surgery tomorrow hope all goes well and I be back with my team ASAP 🐯— underrated (@_donavaughn91) December 21, 2016
Campbell, a rookie from Ponchatoula who swiftly moved up the depth chart, is expected to return by the start of spring football practice in March. It's unclear how the 6-foot-4, 344-pounder suffered the injury.
Campbell has played in four games this season and was listed for much of the year as an immediate backup at guard. He's expected to seriously challenge for a starting spot next season after the Tigers lose center Ethan Pocic and guard Josh Boutte.
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Campbell was suspended from the football team after his arrest on Oct. 30. He was charged with two counts of battery, both misdemeanors, for a fight outside of a Georgia Tech fraternity house. Campbell's brother is a defensive back at Georgia Tech.
Coach Ed Orgeron lifted the suspension less than two weeks later. The status of Campbell's charges had not changed as of last week, according to the Fulton County District Attorneys Office.
Campbell, ranked as a 4-star recruit, has served as a reserve offensive lineman who had impressed coaches enough during preseason camp to climb the depth chart to a second-string spot. He last played in LSU's game at Arkansas.