Evan Washington starts, Vadal Alexander out

Evan Washington started in place of Vadal Alexander at left guard for LSU. Alexander reportedly stayed home with a hand injury

Senior Evan Washington started at left guard for LSU in place of Vadal Alexander, who reportedly did not make the trip to Fayetteville with a hand injury.

Washington made his first start of the season and the second of his career against Arkansas on Saturday. He had played 103 snaps in 2014 entering this game, 61 of those coming against Sam Houston State the second week of the season. Most of his snaps have come as a reserve right guard, though he's appeared at multiple positions this season.

Alexander stayed in Baton Rouge this weekend, according to a report by the Daily Reveille. The Advocate later confirmed that it was a hand injury that held him back.

LSU confirmed the news before kickoff.

This was Alexander's first missed start since he entered the lineup two seasons ago against Furman, and the first game in which he hasn't appeared in his career.

Alexander was the culprit of the controversial personal foul penalty late in the Alabama game last week. That was one of several penalties and referee decisions discussed by Les Miles and Steve Shaw.

Alexander is the third starter or notable contributor not playing in Saturday's game. Rashard Robinson remains suspended indefinitely, and Miles gave the impression Monday that he may not return this season. Kenny Hilliard also stayed home as the result of an injury, his a shoulder suffered early in the Alabama game.

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