Lealaiamatafao tweeted Monday evening that he's been cleared by the team's doctors for game action. He severely injured his arm before the season started after punching through a glass window following an altercation with another player. The damage required surgery to repair, but it appears he's made a full recovery.
Doctor said I can play in the game this week??— Trey Lealaimatafao™ (@TLay_56) October 7, 2014
Lealaimatafao returned to practice about a month ago, and he dressed for the Tigers' last home game against New Mexico State. He has not yet appeared in a game, but he could see the field this weekend against Florida.
Depth at defensive tackle is sorely needed, especially with Quentin Thomas still sidelined with a left arm injury. Miles did say Monday that Thomas is "getting closer to coming to the field" after missing the last two games.
Christian Lacouture and Davon Godchaux have been the Tigers' starting defensive tackles in recent weeks. Maquedius Bain, Lewis Neal and Frank Herron have seen the most playing time as their backups.
Miles has hinted since Lealaiatafao returned to practice that he could see playing time once fully cleared. If it were up to Lealaimatafao, he'd take the field against the Gators.