Whereas LSU football came into the season as one of the healthiest teams in the country, the injury bug has begun to make its way around the locker room. Big names like Major Burns, Garrett Dellinger and Maason Smith have all battled serious injuries in the first six games of the year. This has impacted the Tigers in a major way, especially on the offensive line.
Injuries have forced Brian Kelly to start five different combinations in the trenches on offense. This number will jump to six in seven games against the Florida Gators on Saturday—more on that later. The Bayou Bengals will need a relatively clean bill of health to go into the Swamp and win this rivalry game. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at LSU’s injury report ahead of its game on Saturday against Florida.
LSU football: Injury report ahead of Week 7 game at Florida
As alluded to earlier, the Tigers will see more changes to their offensive line this weekend. Garrett Dellinger—who just recently returned from hand surgery—is set to miss the trip to Florida as he rehabs an injury he picked up against Tennessee. The sophomore suffered a second-degree MCL sprain early on against the Vols, as revealed by Kelly on Monday.
LSU’s starting left guard is set to miss a couple of weeks as he continues on the path back. Dellinger will be unavailable against Florida and the same goes for next week’s clash with Ole Miss. The Tigers will hope to have one of their standout performers on the offensive line back after their week off when they take on a Top 3 team in Alabama.
Luckily for LSU Offensive Line Coach Brad Davis, he won’t be without two starters this week.
All signs are pointing toward freshman Will Campbell returning. The Tigers’ starting left tackle missed out on the Top 25 clash with Tennessee after he was hospitalized on Friday night. The youngster had to be taken out of practice in an ambulance on Friday afternoon after he had an episode. Thankfully, a series of tests have revealed that everything seems to be OK.
Campbell returned to practice earlier in the week and he’s in line to give the LSU offense a boost. The Tigers’ running game will benefit from the freshman’s return to action as they’ll get more pull up front. It’s no surprise that the Bayou Bengals struggled on the ground against Tennessee without Campbell. Hopefully, they’ll be able to thrive with Campbell back in action.
While another freshman phenom, Harold Perkins, was not injured last week, he didn’t get any action either. Expect to see the defensive star back on the field more against Florida. Matt House’s defense is looking to rebound from an outing in which it gave up 40 points. It’ll need Perkins to be involved if it wants to stop Anthony Richardson.
The aforementioned safety, Burns, will be out against the Gators. However, he has returned to practice in a limited capacity, which is wonderful news. There is no precise timetable for his return at this time. Thus, any positive updates are music to LSU fans’ ears.