Senior center Elliott Porter may not return to the field this season after suffering an ankle injury against Arkansas.
Les Miles said Wednesday during a post-practice press conference that he's "not so certain" Porter will return in time for the Texas A&M game on Thanksgiving or even the bowl game. LSU has not disclosed the severity of Porter's injury, which he suffered when Terrence Magee inadvertently dove into him when attempting a block.
Miles did offer up some good news for the offensive line, saying Vadal Alexander will return against the Aggies. He did not travel with the team to Arkansas with a hand injury.
Miles said Alexander has not yet returned to practice, which means seniors Evan Washington and Fehoko Fanaika are getting added reps. Starting right guard Ethan Pocic, who replaced Porter at center on Saturday, will start in his stead until he's able to return. Washington and Fanaika will work at the two guard spots, until Alexander's ready to reassume the left guard position.
"We'll see some more out of both of those guys in practice," Miles said. "We'll watch how they perform. As soon as Vadal is ready to assume full responsibility, he will."
Miles added that Washington will likely start at right guard ahead of Fanaika, with Pocic sliding down to the center spot. He said "there's a difference" in readiness for those two veterans compared to younger reserves like Josh Boutte and William Clapp.
LSU will be happy to have a bit more stability back with its offensive line. Miles chalked up a big part of the offense's struggles against Arkansas as "a culmination of a loss of personnel along the offensive line."
"It's a long week that allows guys to settle in on their responsibilities and what they're supposed to do," Miles said.
LSU C Elliott Porter questionable with injury
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