Starting LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has a "minor camp injury" and didn't play in the Tigers' first scrimmage of fall practice, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Saturday afternoon.
Orgeron did not elaborate on what Burrow's exact injury is, but he said Burrow "was just held out due to precaution" and "should be back sometime next week."
The 6-foot-4, 216-pound senior missed his first practice of the preseason on Friday afternoon, along with 12 other LSU player absences that included starting safety Grant Delpit, cornerback Kristian Fulton and outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson.
Chaisson, Delpit and Fulton all did not scrimmage on Saturday, Orgeron said.
Chaisson posted on Twitter earlier in the week that his minor injury did not have to do with the ACL tear he suffered in Week 1 last season. Orgeron said Delpit's was a "minor camp injury" and Fulton's had to do with his recovery from the foot surgery he underwent after suffering the injury in Week 10 against Arkansas.
"I think some of those guys are a little ways away," Orgeron said. "Some of those guys we may get back maybe next week."
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Sophomore Myles Brennan worked with the first-team offense in Burrow's place during Saturday's scrimmage in Tiger Stadium. He was 8-of-13 passing, though Orgeron said the offense didn't move the ball as well with Brennan under center as it had the past week with Burrow in practice.
"(Brennan) walked in with some confidence," Orgeron said. "Started off, he was under a lot of pressure, a lot of duress. But he came back with two tremendous drives, made some great throws. Still has a ways to go, but I think he's much improved over last year."
True freshman Peter Parrish took second team reps in Brennan's place, Orgeron said, and although he showed talent, Orgeron said he's "not ready yet."
Sophomore wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase showed signs of explosiveness in LSU's new spread offense, Orgeron said, catching three passes for 101 yards that included a 56-yard touchdown. Senior tight end Stephen Sullivan had two catches for 48 yards.
The receivers still had a good showing in Burrow's absence, Orgeron said, although he added "without Joe, we're not the same."
"Obviously, I think their connection with Joe is a lot better because they always throw the football with him," Orgeron said. "The week they had was phenomenal. I'm talking about screens, big plays. It takes a little why to get comfortable between Myles and them. They're not there yet, but we have a great group of receivers. We have a great plan for those guys."
LSU junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire "had a good game" during Saturday's scrimmage, Orgeron said, although most of the Tigers' running game was limited by a dominant day by the LSU defense.
Edwards-Helaire had 13 rushes for 47 yards, Orgeron said, and redshirt freshman Chris Curry had five rushes for 12 yards.
"There wasn't very much running on the defense," Orgeron said. "(They) held the run down pretty good today."
The LSU coaching staff has said that they are trying to get the ball to the running backs in space, mimicking in some ways the New Orleans Saints use the dynamic Alvin Kamara, who had 81 catches for 709 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.
Orgeron said LSU's running backs "caught the ball OK" on Saturday.
True freshman running back Tyrion Davis-Price had two catches, by Orgeron's count, as did senior running back Lanard Fournette, although their yardage was not specified.
Orgeron said the backs didn't get many chances to catch the ball because "there wasn't a lot of time to throw the football."