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LSU quarterback TJ Finley (11) throws a pass in front of LSU quarterback Walker Kinney (12), LSU quarterback AJ Aycock (16) and LSU quarterback Myles Brennan (15) on the field during pregame warm-ups before kickoff against South Carolina, Saturday, October 24, 2020, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said starting quarterback Myles Brennan will not play Saturday against Alabama and that there has been discussions about shutting Brennan down for the rest of the season because of his abdominal injury.

"We're going to do what's the best for him," Orgeron told reporters Monday, "whether it's getting it fixed, getting it operated now or wait. I think we're still discussing that."

Brennan practiced last Wednesday in full pads for the first time since he suffered the injury Oct. 10 against Missouri. Orgeron said on his weekly radio show that Brennan hadn't fully recovered and that he was "very doubtful" to play against Alabama, if the game against the No. 2 Crimson Tide happens as scheduled.

"He tried to practice today," Orgeron said on his radio show Wednesday night. "He practiced a little bit. It wasn’t very good. It was hurting. So we’re going to see again tomorrow and see how much he can practice next week. Right now, I’d have to say he’s very doubtful the way it is."

Brennan has been patient during an unpredictable recovery from the abdominal injury, and his return to the practice field was thought to be a positive step toward a possible return for LSU's game against the Crimson Tide (6-0) on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

But Orgeron said Monday the team is also dealing with a coronavirus outbreak within the team, and it's possible Saturday's game will be postponed or even canceled.

True freshman TJ Finley is LSU’s only scholarship quarterback available for the Alabama game, a source confirmed with The Advocate, and the Tigers also do not have any scholarship tight ends available.

Orgeron said creating options at quarterback will be "challenging" with the players available.

"We have a plan in place," Orgeron said. "I'm not going to say what we're doing because it would give away our game plan."

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Orgeron laughed when a reporter suggested punter Zach Von Rosenberg, a former minor-league pitcher, could play quarterback. He said Von Rosenberg indeed played some scout team quarterback last week, but it's likely they'll look elsewhere for depth.

"He played quarterback last week, did a good job," Orgeron said. "But, no, Zach is our punter. He filled in, did some scout-team quarterback for us. But, you know, we're very thin there, and if I tell you who we're going to move there and stuff like that, it would give away a game plan. I can't do it."

The coronavirus circumstance complicates a quarterback situation that was already complicated.

Brennan, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior, has missed two straight games, and LSU (2-3) suffered its worst defeat in over two decades against Auburn on Oct. 31 without him.

Finley struggled in his second career start, turning the ball over three times in a 48-11 loss — the largest losing margin for the Tigers program since 1996.

Orgeron said they expected Finley to take another step against Auburn, and "obviously he didn't."

Finley was 13-of-24 passing for 143 yards and two interceptions. Both interceptions led to Auburn touchdowns, and Finley lost the football on a sack-fumble that was returned for another score.

Johnson entered the game for good after Finley's second interception — a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Auburn defensive end Big Kat Bryant. Johnson finished the game 15-of-24 passing for 172 yards and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Kayshon Boutte to set the final score.

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