The playing status of LSU edge rusher Arden Key and linebacker Donnie Alexander remains in doubt.
The two defensive starters missed a third straight day of practice. Key continues recovery from a knee injury he suffered against Arkansas, and Alexander appeared to suffer a shoulder or neck injury. Both players returned to the 33-10 win over the Razorbacks, but neither have appeared at practice during the media's limited viewing windows Monday-Wednesday.
The No. 21 Tigers meet Tennessee on Saturday night in Neyland Stadium. True freshmen back up both Key and Akexander: K'Lavon Chaisson at edge rusher and Tyler Taylor at inside linebacker.
Other practice observations
- DE Deondre Clark returned to practice after missing the last week of drills. He did not dress out for the game against Arkansas. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, absent from practice Tuesday, returned to drills on Wednesday.
- OL Garrett Brumfield did not practice in a gold jersey, signifying limited contact because of injury. Brumfield donned a gold jersey during Tuesday's practice. CB Kevin Toliver remained in gold.
- LT KJ Malone continues to miss practice. He's recovering from a left knee injury suffered at Florida. He's not practiced or played since.