LSU Issues Troubling Health Update Ahead Of Bowl Game
LSU issued a troubling health update ahead of its bowl game.
With the College Football Playoff scheduled to kick off on Saturday, the last thing any of the four programs involved want to do is worry about injuries.
Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game, and they can go a long way in swinging momentum from one side to another.
While LSU has been widely regarded as the favorite heading into Saturday’s outing versus Oklahoma, one potential roadblock has arisen.
Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is dealing with a hamstring injury and is currently questionable for this weekend’s big showdown.
While the Tigers’ aerial attack featuring Joe Burrows has stolen most of the headlines this season, Edwards-Helaire has also been a huge part of the team’s offensive attack.
So far this year Edwards-Helaire has recorded 1,290 yards and 16 scores on the ground. Beyond that, he ha also recorded 399 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.
According to LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, all signs point to Edwards-Helaire to play in some capacity on Saturday.
The team’s head coach, Ed Orgeron, offered a similar sentiment on Thursday when pressed on his star running back’s status.
“Yeah, he hasn’t practice yet. He may practice a little bit (Thursday) we’re not sure yet if he is going to practice,” Orgeron said.
“He’s questionable for the game. I do believe that there’s any shot of him being cleared to play medically, the trainer’s and doctors say that he can play, I think he’s going to try. I don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
Still, Orgeron was careful to urge caution.
“He ran a little bit yesterday, ran straight ahead. Medically, hopefully, he is cleared today to practice. I don’t know if he will,” the head coach noted.
“It would be the first day that he would, he may try today, I’m not sure. It’s going to be a game-time situation. Knowing Clyde, if he can play, he’s going to try. “Do I expect him to try and play? Yes. How much he can play, I don’t know.”
Regardless of whether Edwards-Helaire plays or not, he clearly will not be at 100 percent. That means the onus will fall on Burrow to continue to play at a Heisman level if LSU wants to secure a spot in the National Championship Game.