As it turns out, a bomb threat that cost LSU some practice time yesterday is the least of the Tigers’ worries.
Starting running back Alfred Blue suffered a knee injury during LSU’s game this past weekend that knocked him out for the remainder of the blowout win over Idaho. Head coach Les Miles acknowledged Monday that Blue will not play this weekend against SEC West rival Auburn, adding “[i]t may be a couple of weeks” before the junior returns.
The New Orleans Time-Picayune, however, wrote that Blue will “likely [be sidelined for] several more games” beyond the Auburn game.
Blue is currently second on the team with 270 yards, having broken the century mark in each of the first two games of the season. Kenny Hilliard currently leads the Tigers in rushing yards (303) yards per carry (a gaudy 8.3) and rushing touchdowns (six), and will likely slide effortlessly into Blue’s starting role. Or, there’s the starter on the 2011 SEC title-winning squad on which to fall back.
After a brief eligibility scare prior to the start of the 2012 season, last year’s leading rusher, Michael Ford, is also back and will likely see his workload — starting or otherwise — increased as well.