LSU DE Tashawn Bower misses second practice

Tashawn Bower sat out his second straight practice. Arden Key replaced him with first team.

Defensive end Tashawn Bower sat out his second straight practice Monday, according to LSU coach Les Miles.

Bower seemed to be struggling with heat exhaustion after Saturday's practice, and he was absent during Sunday morning's session. Bower had been working with the starters to that point.

"He was not [at practice Monday]," Miles said. "I don't know exactly why, to be honest with you, whether it's heat-related or another area. I know it's not deemed to be long-term in any way."

Bower played in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2014. He had 16 tackles last season, including 2.5 for loss.

Freshman Arden Key replaced Bower with the first-team Sunday, and Miles said he did so again Monday. Key has received a lot of praise from Miles and teammates since his arrival last week. He worked every day of split-squad practices with the veterans, as did fellow freshman Isaiah Washington.

Bower and Lewis Neal are expected to be the two starting defensive ends against McNeese State on Sept. 5.

Miles said he sees both Key and Washington getting significant playing time. If Bower's health issues persist, it seems Key could really stand to benefit.

"There will be less hesitancy than you might think," Miles said of playing the two freshmen. "Both guys are very talented, very athletic. But you also like some other guys, you like Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal. But there are some guys there biting at their heels."

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