Miles updates Lee's status

A day after signing autographs and taking pictures with an LSU Fan Day record 8,800 fans on Sunday, the Tiger football team went back to work on Monday with a pair of workouts at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Monday’s morning practice had the Tigers practicing outdoors in full pads, while the afternoon session was held indoors in shells (shorts and shoulder pads).


“We had two practices today and I felt like the morning practice went well,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “The afternoon was very productive. The team is getting better. Both sides of the ball made progress today as well as our special teams.”


Miles also announced the redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Lee missed today’s practice sessions with a “soft tissue injury” in his leg. 


“We have an injury to our quarterback,” Miles said. “It’s not serious and it does not require surgery. It’s a rest thing. It is not a severe anything, so we feel like we will have him back in short order. We don’t really know what length of time short order is.


“(The doctors) keep upgrading it. There is little swelling. It’s really precautionary.”


Miles said the injury occurred on Saturday afternoon during the teams’ second workout that day and that he doesn’t think the injury will alter the competition for the starting quarterback position.


“Only if it slows his progress,” Miles said. “He was having a great day on Saturday. I would not suppose that it would hinder him in pursuing the job.”


In Lee’s absence, true freshman Jordan Jefferson is sharing snaps with sophomore Andrew Hatch.


“(Jordan) is getting a lot more snaps because Jarrett is watching,” Miles said. “He is competing. He made a nice scramble in this practice that we just had for about 30 yards and a score. It was a nice play.”


Miles also mentioned the competition at the punter position has been good and that both Brady Dalfrey and Josh Jasper could see action at the position this fall.


“We are doing pretty well there,” Miles said. “What we are doing is working on get-off time and working on getting the ball out of the punter’s hands. It probably affected how they punted this morning. Both guys, (Josh) Jasper and (Brady) Dalfrey, are really in the thick of it. Both guys are competing well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if both didn’t punt at times.”


Miles noted that senior center Brett Helms and senior defensive tackle Charles Alexander missed practice again but could return to the field in the coming days.


“(Brett and Charles) have missed pieces of the two-a-days,” Miles said. “I think they will be back in a couple days. I don’t know how long for Helms but I know he is chomping at the bit. One thing we want to do, especially when we have time, is to get him healthy. Both (Helms and Alexander) could play if we were playing a game today.”


Tuesday’s schedule calls for the Tigers to have one practice, which will include the team’s first scrimmage of fall camp. The scrimmage will be brief as each unit is expected to get 20 snaps.

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