LSU DB Dwayne Thomas suffers knee injury

LSU defensive back Dwayne Thomas suffered a right knee injury Saturday. Les Miles said they're unsure of its severity.

LSU defensive back Dwayne Thomas left Saturday's game against New Mexico State in the first quarter with a right knee injury.

It happened while Thomas was chasing down the Aggies' quarterback early in the game. He tried to plant his right leg, but it slipped out from under him. The television cameras caught Thomas writing in agony after the injury.

He did not walk off the field under his own power, needing the training staff to help get him to the sideline. There they inspected his right knee and applied ice. He later went back to the locker room walking gingerly with crutches.

Les Miles said after the game they don't yet know the severity of Thomas' injury.

"I hope he's OK," Miles said. "He's a really good player, and a really good person. I don't know exactly what extent his injuries are, but I hope he's feeling better."

Thomas had two tackles Saturday before going down with that injury. He's served primarily as the Tigers' nickel back, playing close to the line in pass rush and also dropping back in coverage. He ranks fifth on the team with 24 tackles this season, including 2.5 for loss. He also has an interception, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.

True freshman Jamal Adams and sophomore Rickey Jefferson will likely see an expanded role in Thomas' absence.

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