January 25, 2008

Senior Bowl Busted

Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed can't catch a break. After an injury-plagued season allowed the senior to see time in only six of the team's 13 games, it looks like the Senior Bowl has been no nicer to him . Sweed aggravated an existing injury to his left wrist during one-on-one drills early in the week and as a result, has spent much of his senior week experience sitting and watching. Not exactly what this fifth-year senior, former all-conference selection had in mind.

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December 17, 2007

LSU: Back In The Habit

With the awards circuit behind them and the national championship game looming just ahead, LSU finally returns to practice this week, happy to have had some time off to get its long list of injured players a little bit healthier. Head coach Les Miles is proud that his team has been able to win all season despite the alarming number of starting players unavailable due to injury, but with Ohio State returning some of its injured contributors to the field after weeks of rest, the Tigers would far prefer to play their final game in a state of good health, and they seem to be in good shape to do so.

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December 01, 2007

No QB, No Problem?

On Championship Saturday, two teams had to play without their starting quarterbacks, but that did not seem to matter much to either one. LSU starting QB Matt Flynn sat out the entire SEC Championship game with a sore shoulder, but sophomore Ryan Perrilloux stepped up when he stepped into the starting role. Over in Morgantown, West Virginia QB Pat White left the Backyard Brawl in the scoreless second quarter with a disloacted thumb on his non-throwing hand . Reports were that the stud signal-caller could not so much as move the thumb, and until that status changed, on the sideline he would stay.

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November 30, 2007

LSU: Without A Flynn

Last weekend, LSU's triple-overtime loss to Arkansas did more than knock the Tigers out of the national championship race - it may have knocked Matt Flynn out of this weekend's SEC Championship game. Flynn suffered an injury to his right shoulder during last week's loss and head coach Les Miles informed the media on Friday that Flynn's ability to play would be a game-time decision. For a team down in the dumps after two overtime losses, including one at home on senior day, led by a coach who may be leaving at the end of the season, who insists on rationalizing away their losses by saying the team never lost in regulation, this is perhaps the worst piece of news LSU could receive on the eve of what has become their biggest game of the season.

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November 23, 2007

LSU: Beat Up And Beat Down

It was a painful day for LSU and all of the former No. 1 team's fans. The Tigers put on a poor showing in their final regular season game, giving up a triple-overtime 50-48 decision to Darren McFadden -- err, Arkansas. It seemed that every time LSU ran a play in this one, a different player was hobbling around trying to get off the field. I counted at least six Tigers hurt over the course of this contest, to varying degrees, but that is certainly on the conservative side of the injury count.

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November 01, 2007

LSU: Dorsey In The Dark

Saturday's Saban vs. Miles - err, Alabama vs. LSU - game is a big one, but one of the biggest players is not letting us know whether or not he'll be taking part in the action. LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey sprained his right knee against Auburn two weeks ago, and although he's been forthright about how the injury occurred - on an illegal chop-block - he has not been so forthcoming about his status for Saturday. All we know is that Dorsey has been practicing in a brace and, according to head coach Les Miles, if the game were scheduled for last week, Dorsey would not have been able to play.

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October 20, 2007

LSU: Dorsey On His Way Out?

LSU is in an early 7-0 hole against conference foe Auburn, and the Tigers are suddenly scrambling on defense, as star defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey has left the field with a hamstring injury. He was grabbing at his left thigh through the first series of the game, during which Auburn methodically marched downfield to score a quick first touchdown, and hobbled to the sideline where trainers attempted to stretch him out. After putting in a few minutes on the exercise bike, Dorsey was sent to the locker room to have the injury taken care of, which is hopefully more of a cramp than a pull.

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October 17, 2007

Auburn Vs. LSU: The Maligned and The Mystery

A pair of big cats have a lot riding on Saturday's coveted SEC matchup between the Tigers of LSU and the Tigers of Auburn, but while Auburn is pleased to report that its previously maligned players are back and contributing in practices this week, LSU is keeping mum on the status of wide receiver Early Doucet, who rose from the injured for one play last week, only to return to obscurity this week.

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October 04, 2007

Florida-LSU: Balance Out

Saturday's probably-should-have-been-bigger SEC matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 9 Florida should still be the game of the week, even with two key players missing the showdown due to injury. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on where your loyalties lie), the two injuries should balance out, as LSU wide receiver Early Doucet will have to sit out this one, but so will one of the Gators who would have been assigned to cover him, cornerback Markihe Anderson.

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September 21, 2007

LSU Minus 2 For South Carolina

LSU will be at a two-man disadvantage when the Tigers take on South Carolina this weekend. After injuring a knee in Wednesday's practice, starting defensive tackle Charles Alexander is gone for the season, leaving the No. 2 Tigers in a somber mood before they take on the 12th-ranked Gamecocks. LSU will have quarterback Matt Flynn back in action, but wide receiver Early Doucet is unlikely to play. Head coach Les Miles has been intentionally vague about the severity of Doucet's injury, but Alexander is definitely gone, while South Carolina will have cornerback Brandon Isaac back in action come Saturday.

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September 18, 2007

LSU: Flynn Is In

LSU quarterback Matt Flynn may still be recovering from a high ankle sprain, but the pain of watching his team play from the sideline is decidedly worse. The sprain, which Flynn suffered Sept. 8 against Virginia Tech, kept him out of all of last week's game against Middle Tennessee, but the senior expects to be back in his starting role on Saturday when No. 2 LSU welcomes No. 12 South Carolina to Tiger Stadium. And that's a good thing, even if Flynn is not 100%.

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September 17, 2007

LSU: Later Doucet

LSU wide receiver Early Doucet missed Saturday's 44-0 thrashing of Middle Tennessee, and head coach Les Miles said Monday that he expects Doucet to miss a bunch more. The "pretty significant injury," about which Miles did not elaborate, could keep the senior out for multiple games, which sounds off groans among the LSU faithful -- Doucet finished last season second on the team with 59 catches for 772 yards and eight scores. Miles would not comment on radio reports that the injury hampering the team's most experienced receiver is a groin pull -- all we know is that it's "pretty significant."

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September 13, 2007

LSU: Quarterback Questions

Fifth-year senior Matt Flynn has clearly earned his spot under center at No. 2 LSU, having led the tigers to two convincing wins that have some pollsters rethinking their USC = Unbeatable mentality. Unfortunately, Flynn has missed several days of practice this week, which means he may not find himself under center for Saturday's game. The Tigers are taking on Middle Tennessee State, which is a far cry from Virginia Tech, but they'd like to have their go-to guy healthy either way. And as of now, healthy is one thing Flynn is not.

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August 07, 2007

LSU: Losing the Line

LSU offensive tackle Mark Snyder is hurt, again. Snyder sustained a significant knee injury during Monday's morning practice, bringing back painful memories of 2004, when Snyder tore his ACL during his junior year of high school. Head coach Les Miles is not sure the extent of the injury, but said that it might be another tear, which would really put a rip in the Tigers' offensive line plans.

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