MILES: Dural will play Saturday

LSU's leading receiver will play Saturday, according to head coach Les Miles, despite suffering a minor injury in a car accident over the weekend.

LSU receiver Travin Dural was in a car accident early Sunday morning after the Tigers' victory against Sam Houston State, leaving him with injuries that required multiple stitches to the forehead. Dural's injury was first reported by Gannett's Glenn Guilbeau, and multiple outlets have since confirmed it.

Amid doubts of whether Dural will play this Saturday, Les Miles avowed Wednesday evening that the Breaux Bridge native would suit up versus Louisiana-Monroe.

Miles said Dural even rejoined the team in practice this afternoon after missing Monday and Tuesday.

"He had a little accident and it was one where he sustained a very minor soft-tissue injury, and he'll be fine," Miles told reporters. "He'll play in this game. He was at practice today, helmet on and flying around."

Some indications are that Dural required more than a dozen stitches across his forehead. The accident occurred when Dural attempted to make a left turn onto Bob Petit from Nicholson. His car was struck by another vehicle traveling the opposite direction on Nicholson.

According to Miles, Dural was helping out a friend at the time.

"He was picking up a friend, a friend that had misplaced his keys and needed to go find his keys," explained Miles. "That was (what had pulled him) from his home."

Dural leads the LSU receiving corps with 291 yards and four touchdowns. The next closest receiver in terms of yardage is John Diarse with 77 yards receiving. Dural has grown into a comfortable target for Anthony Jennings and has become a deep threat for the Tigers. LSU's first offensive play Saturday was a 94-yard touchdown pass to Dural, the longest in program history.

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