Pec strain has LSU LB Lamar Louis in green

Lamar Louis is in a non-contact jersey, but says he's only slightly limited by pectoral strain

LSU linebacker Lamar Louis will spend the early parts of fall camp in a green non-contact jersey because of a strained pectoral muscle.

The injury happened a couple weeks ago when Louis was maxing out during offseason workouts. He attempted to bench 420 pounds but tweaked one of his pecs.

"I strained my pec a little bit, but I'm good," Louis said. "I'm about 95 percent. They just want to be cautious with it."

Louis said he'd be able to play fully in a game if this was in the season. He expects to only be in the green jersey a few more days, and the injury doesn't prevent him from doing anything in practice.

"I'm just listening to the doctors," Louis said. "If I wanted to, I could go out and practice in full pads, but we don't want to reaggravate it."

Keeping the linebackers healthy is a even more important for LSU this year. The Tigers only have six on the roster with any game experience at the position. The Tigers have no freshman linebackers after not signing one in the 2015 class, and LSU lost their highest rated player from the 2014 class when Clifton Garrett left the program.

But LSU does have two seniors, including Louis, and a junior as the three projected starters. That experience can make up for a lack of depth, but Louis said avoiding injuries is paramount.

"We've just got to stay healthy," he said. "But we have to keep that in the back of our minds. We've got to play hard to the best of our abilities and pray we stay healthy."

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