After LSU starting tight end Deangelo Peterson was spotted on crutches late Monday at the team’s indoor facility, TigerSportsDigest.com confirmed through multiple sources that the 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior suffered a foot injury during the afternoon practice.
Though North Carolina might have off-the-field issues clouding the status of their gameday roster, LSU’s fall camp has them fighting a different battle: the injury bug.
First came Ryan Baker, who suffered a broken jaw during a morning practice just over a week into camp. Baker, a junior, was expected to start at weakside linebacker.
Then came a knee injury to junior safety Karnell Hatcher, who sat out the entire spring with a sports hernia. The defensive side took a third hit when Josh Downs was carted off the field in the team’s final scrimmage in Tiger Stadium, and on Monday Miles said that the sophomore defensive tackle’s status remained uncertain for the weekend.
On the offense it was the wide receivers – one of the thinnest units on the team – that was bitten hardest, seeing slot man Chris Tolliver sidelined for at least the first game after he suffered a concussion in the same scrimmage that took away Downs.
On Wednesday, Miles confirmed that the offense had indeed taken another blow to the chin.
“Deangelo Peterson, it appears, may not make the first game,” Miles said. “He’s got an injury that’s short-term in nature. That’s good news. We’ll get him back quickly.”
In work alongside – and at times in front of – Richard Dickson last fall, Peterson logged five catches and a pair of scores. The three grabs that didn’t result in six points were good enough for first downs.
Tight ends coach Steve Ensminger will now turn to Chase Clement and Mitch Joseph, a pair that worked as the back ups at the position all fall. With Joseph primarily a blocking tight end, expect Clement to take over the pass-catching duties in Peterson’s absence. Tyler Edwards, who was praised for both his blocking and hands at spots through camp, will be the third name in the mix.