Cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. underwent a procedure on his injured left foot, LSU announced Wednesday morning. There's no timetable for his return.
Stingley, a two-time All-American who’s considered one of the top prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft, originally injured his left foot during preseason camp.
He then suffered the same, unspecified injury at practice Sept. 22 and missed the last two games.
“I appreciate all of the support from LSU and the fans,” Stingley said in a statement. “I’m doing all that I can to return to the field as soon as possible. I want to finish out the season with my teammates, and I will do everything I can to get healthy so that I will be able to play again this year.”
A week after the injury re-occurred, Stingley flew to visit a doctor for a second opinion. His father said at the time Stingley would need either rehab or surgery to fix the issue. Stingley wasn’t on the sideline for LSU’s game against Auburn.
With Derek Stingley Jr. out against Mississippi State, sophomore Dwight McGlothern started his first game this season. He made five tackles as LSU won the SEC opener.
“It's one of these injuries that was nagging,” coach Ed Orgeron said. “Obviously went to the doctor, had it taken care of. We don't know when he will be back or if he will be back. Obviously if he can be back, we'll be happy. If not, we have to carry on.”
Without Stingley, LSU will continue to start sophomore Dwight McGlothern at cornerback opposite sophomore Eli Ricks. McGlothern recorded five tackles and one quarterback hurry in his first career start against Auburn.
Redshirt sophomore Raydarious Jones and senior Darren Evans will provide depth at the position. LSU could also move safety Jay Ward, a former cornerback, if necessary.
"We don't want to do that," Orgeron said, "but in an emergency, we can move Jay Ward there."
The No. 3 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, Stingley enrolled early as one of the highest-rated prospects in LSU history. He met the hype as a freshman, leading the Southeastern Conference with six interceptions and 21 passes defended when LSU won the national championship.
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Stingley played in seven of LSU’s 10 games last season. He recorded 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups. The American Football Coaches Association named him a first-team All-American.
With the chance to join Tommy Casanova as the only other three-time first-team All-American in LSU history, Stingley had made eight tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, and forced one fumble through three games this season.
He was recently rated the No. 3 player in the next NFL Draft by ESPN.
“Knowing Derek and talking to him, he wants to come back with his team,” Orgeron said. “But obviously as you know, that's a decision that a family has to make. I think each individual is different.”