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LSU's Arden Key runs with his dog Xaddin, after he checks in at West Campus Apartments on July 30.

LSU All-American edge rusher Arden Key returned to practice Wednesday after missing, at least, the past two days, and offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell joined him.

The Tigers opened practice to reporters for a third straight day Wednesday before closing it down for the week. 

Key, still not cleared for contact as he recovers from May shoulder surgery, was dressed in shoulder pads and a helmet, working with players during non-contact individual drills. His return to drills is not groundbreaking. Key, in fact, has been practicing with the team for much of camp. He even donned pads last week at a practice. 


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Campbell's return is more significant for a thin offensive line. The sophomore has battled two separate injuries, coach Ed Orgeron said. He missed Monday and Tuesday's practice, the first two open to the media. 

Campbell was competing for the starting right guard spot, but Orgeron said the injuries has affected his place in the pecking order. Freshmen Saahdiq Charles and Ed Ingram and redshirt freshman Lloyd Cushenberry are the top candidates there, the coach said. 

Other practice notes:

  • Tackle Austin Deculus donned a gold jersey on Wednesday, signaling limited contact because of injury. 
  • Freshman H-back Tory Carter joined the absentee list at practice. Several players continue to be absent, including running back Derrius Guice (wisdom teeth removed), receiver Dee Anderson (undisclosed injury) and edge rusher Sci Martin (knee injury in spring). Freshman H-back Tory Carter was a new absentee. 
  • For a not-so-newsworthy update on LSU's inside linebacker pecking order, here's that rotation during drills:


  • Donnie Alexander
  • Jacob Phillips
  • Tyler Taylor


  • Devin White
  • Jonathan Rucker
  • Patrick Queen

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