LSU DE Danielle Hunter suffers neck spasm

LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter suffered a "neck spasm" Thursday against Texas A&M, forcing him to miss most of the game

COLLEGE STATION, TexasLSU defensive end Danielle Hunter suffered a “neck spasm” against Texas A&M on Thursday, holding him out for most of the contest.

Hunter apparently suffered the injury some time in the second quarter. He did not return to the game, and was spotted on the sidelines receiving massages to his neck and applying a heating pad to the area.

Hunter had only one tackle against the Aggies, and it came about midway through the second quarter.

“I do not know [the severity of his injury],” said LSU coach Les Miles. “I hope it’s not serious because he’s a tremendous part of our team.”

Tashawn Bower and Deondre Clark saw increased playing time with Hunter’s absence. Jermauria Rasco also had a big day, recording eight tackles with two for a loss and a sack.

Christian Lacouture said the depth LSU amasses along the defensive line helped the Tigers get through the loss of Hunter.

“It’s the next man up around here,” he said. “We recruit guys to come in and play early. They expect that. We expect that. They prepare themselves like they’re starters, whether it’s first-team, second-team, third-team. We just go out there and do out thing, and a lot of guys did really well today.”

Hunter finishes the regular season with 64 tackles, including 12 for loss. He had 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and six pass breakups. He also forced and recovered a fumble this year.

He will be eligible for the NFL Draft after this season, and most projections peg him as a possible second-round selection if he declares.

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