The first four weeks of LSU’s football season has been plagued by injuries to a defensive line that already lacked depth.
Junior Pep Levingston, who broke his hand in the preseason, was sidelined for Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Lafayette after a knee injury suffered during the Washington game.
This past weekend in Starkville, because of injuries to sophomores Chancey Aghayere and Lavar Edwards, Levingston was called upon for emergency duty – where he recorded 2 tackles, one for a loss, and a pass break up.
On Monday, Levingston said that he would be ready for action against Georgia and that both the knee and hand had healed. The same can’t be said for Aghayere, who Miles said would remain sidelined.
“Chancey practiced and did a couple of things, but [playing this weekend] was not my vision,” Miles said.
“Lavar is healthy, and it was just a coach’s decision to sit him last week and we expect that he will play.”
At defensive tackle, the injury bug has sidelined both junior college transfer Akiem Hicks and freshman Josh Downs. While Hicks will not travel this weekend, Downs remains day-to-day.
“Downs practiced, and there is still a chance that he will play,” Miles said.
“At this point we would like to redshirt both guys,” Miles said.
The same order is in place for Craig Loston, who will take a medical redshirt after seeing action against Washington and ULL.
“I think there is still an issue with his hand, and we are trying to be cautious there,” Miles said. “I don’t know that a surgery is scheduled at this point, but that is a possibility. Certainly there is an issue of whether or not that will heal.”
Senior linebacker Jacob Cutrera, who was injured during the MSU game, has practiced all week and will play against UGA.