LSU loses C Elliott Porter to ankle injury

LSU center Elliott Porter came out of the Arkansas game Saturday during the second quarter with an ankle injury. That left LSU without two starting offensive linemen through most of the contest

LSU went into Saturday's showdown with Arkansas without one starting offensive linemen, and the Tigers finished without another.

Elliott Porter came out of the game late in the second quarter. Terrence Magee rolled up on Porter's right ankle during a pass play to the right sideline.

ESPN cameras caught Porter writhing in pain before being helped off the field by LSU trainers. He did not return to the game, and the LSU sports radio network later confirmed it to be an ankle injury.

Starting right guard Ethan Pocic slid over one spot to replace Porter at center. Pocic started the first two games of the season at that position while Porter served a suspension. Fehoko Fanaika, who opened the year as LSU's starting right guard, replaced Pocic.

Evan Washington would typically be the backup right guard, but he was already on the opposite side of the line. He made his second career start Saturday — first of the season — in place of left guard Vadal Alexander, who did not make the trip to Fayetteville. He was left home with what's been reported as a hand injury.

The makeshift offensive line struggled mightily against Arkansas. The Tigers managed just 36 yards rushing, and Anthony Jennings was sacked four times. That unit had been one of LSU's biggest strengths in recent weeks, but the offensive line turned in its worst performance since the Mississippi State loss in September.


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