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Report: starting LSU O-lineman suffers potential career-threatening concussion

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The news coming out of Baton Rouge involving one of LSU’s starting offensive lineman is far from positive and, potentially, downright bleak.

Citing a source close to the program, the New Orleans Times-Picayune‘s Jim Kleinpeter is reporting that starting guard Josh Williford suffered a concussion during Thursday morning’s practice. The paper writes that “Williford… was unconscious for about five minutes after a pileup during a team portion of practice.”

The injury is particularly concerning as the starting left guard missed the last seven games of the 2012 season due to a concussion. Because of the concussion history, the Times-Picayune reports that the injury could be of the career-threatening variety.

The school has not commented on Williford’s status for either the remainder of camp or the upcoming season.

Of the 31 games in which Williford has played with the Tigers, he’s started 19 of those contests.  Experience-wise, Williford is the lone senior starter along LSU’s line heading into the new season.

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19 Responses to “Report: starting LSU O-lineman suffers potential career-threatening concussion”
  1. canetic says: Aug 8, 2013 8:24 PM

    Fortunately the team voted that he is healthy enough to continue playing.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Aug 8, 2013 8:29 PM

    Idiot. Pray for the man.

  3. gopokes0714 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:57 PM

    frog bait

  4. southernpatriots says: Aug 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    canetic: Are you such a sorry excuse for a human being, or just trying some sick bad joke out on us?

    Williford’s mom has asked for prayer. Josh’s mom reported that he requested prayer and that his LSU teammates have been praying for him since the incident. Miles and his coaches have visited several times. The prognosis so far is as JT reported it–downright bleak.

    Thank you JT for the story.

  5. donth8thehorns says: Aug 8, 2013 9:02 PM

    Prayers from minnesoata!!

  6. tigersgeaux says: Aug 8, 2013 9:27 PM

    I heard about this on WWL radio earlier today and want to express my prayers are with Josh Williford and his family.

    Prayers from South Louisiana!

  7. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 8, 2013 10:46 PM

    Prayers from Texas!

    There are sure a lot of serious season-ending injuries being reported now. It appears that someone should be looking into what the physician in the family of southernpatriots has been promoting and that is greater head protection.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:08 PM

    Unfortunately young man, your career is over. Look back on your 31 starts and have a great rest of your life.

  9. be4bama says: Aug 8, 2013 11:43 PM

    Southernpatriot, keep us posted on his condition. Prayers from Alabama.

  10. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Aug 9, 2013 2:43 AM

    love for him to start but would rather see him on the side line getting better!!

  11. suprmous says: Aug 9, 2013 2:47 AM

    southernpatriot and tigersgeaux, this young man comes from 35 miles up the road from our mutual friend. She and I spoke as recently as tonite and she said that his hometown’s in a state of oh no can’t have that.

    As for the mindless that vote down posts, those who insist on makin an ass out of themself, and generally don’t give a damn I sincerely hope that you /or your family doesn’t have to go thru anything as so tragic as this or worse. Your laughin and juvenile behavior says it all. If it’s not that you’ve got a lot to prove to me and yourself.

    Here’s to a great season for our beloved Tigers and other’s teams and a successful bid for Bowl Games to come.

  12. southernpatriots says: Aug 9, 2013 3:47 AM

    be4bama: Thank you for your kindness. My family and I will try. I am sure hoping for at least some good news for Josh to resume classes and complete his degree and have a great life. My wife and sister and I will be departing Louisiana to go to Oklahoma City area where a young woman lost her valiant fight against cystic fibrosis. She was the oldest “child” (now beautiful young lady) with CF for 22 years, final stages about 6 times and survived all those previous death scenarios but her body finally gave out.

    thecrazyasianinseccountry–to say it is so GREAT to see you post on here, is a great understatement on my part. Thank you and I agree wholeheartedly. Just to see Josh walking around and living a “normal” life would be wonderful!

    supermous–It is wonderful to hear from you as well. These injuries now just before the season begins seem to be happening in a rash–throughout college football. Too many. Don’t know the reason for all but believe the head injuries could be lessened with better technology in the helmets and neck protection. Thank you for being there and posting.

    TCU fans and CFT posters–somehow I don’t think that Coach Patterson would like what you have done, especially if it pertained to his own son Josh or any one of his players. Grow up kids!

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 9, 2013 10:40 AM

    I’m not the praying type but here’s to hoping he can finish out his degree and live a normal life… If he can play football again, that’s great, but with all the news around CTE, I’m just not sure it’s worth it.

  14. pricecube says: Aug 9, 2013 11:28 AM


    Not sure why you are calling out TCU fans on this thread… Judging by the names … a) gopokes is probably an Oklahoma State fan and is making reference to a response by lsuzilla. Yesterday a TCU offensive linemen’s career was declared done because the young man’s knees are wrecked. lsuzilla’s idiotic response on the story was this: “TIGERBAIT! TIGERBAIT!”. b) I would guess that canetic is a Miami fan. I don’t see any TCU fans responding the way lsuzilla did the other day.

    I hope the young man recovers fully. Best of luck to him from TCU fans everywhere.

    Looking forward to playing LSU at Jerry’s World and good luck.

  15. southernpatriots says: Aug 9, 2013 2:02 PM

    pricecube: If you are correct, my apologies to Texas Christian University fans. A fan of Miami? I don’t know if to say, “God bless him” or “I pity him.” Either way, Miami sure has a long way to go if they will ever rekindle the success of the distant past. We know that IS possible from personal experience with LSU, so we’ll keep watching.

    Sorry to learn of lsuzilla’s post. I did not read or know about the TCU lineman’s knees. I personally know about wrecked knees. I certainly wish the lineman well and hope he gets the best of medical care and heals completely. Surgeons and therapists can do things now that when I was injured a little over 50 years ago, I think knee surgery was in the dark ages and despite numerous surgeries since, pain is a constant and inflammation is something that has to be fought continuously.

    Jerry’s World is throwing some curve balls to the tailgaters. They are shortening the times that spaces are available and other restricting regs that were not mentioned when we first communicated with them. As all good Texans know, to do a really good and tender smoke with good bark, you need more than 6 hours.

    We’re going to make some Cajun dishes and our Texas friends will do their tri-tips, prime rib, and other beef.

    Best to you, pricecube!

  16. pricecube says: Aug 9, 2013 5:05 PM


    Well in the heat of the moment I said some fairly rude things back to lsuzilla… they were meant for him but I owe an apology to all the other LSU fans out there. I am very happy that TCU gets to play a team of LSU’s caliber. Next time I will take a deep breath and step away from the keyboard… to do otherwise is only flaunting my own stupidity…

    Your food sounds delicious.

    Best to you as well!

  17. southernpatriots says: Aug 9, 2013 6:57 PM

    pricecube: lsuzilla should not have said anything even akin to what he posted. That is not at all respectful, nor even good partisan football fandom (unless one is speaking of Philly or the Dirty Birds! hmm.)

    I lost it myself some time ago on CFT with a blatant racist, then reported it to JT and he took care of the post and the poster.

    Some football fans are thoughtless and rude. LSU has its share of those. I see them at various games and try to give them some food to fill their mouths and get them distracted from what they are yelling at opposing fans. Nothing is quite as heated as the Bama game. It brings out the worst of both sides. One side eggs the other, the other side one ups the first and everything gets out of control.

    For the past many decades I have been traveling to college football games (it was my hobby while I was practicing medicine daily) and now it is my joy since I am semi-retired. Now I receive help with the tailgating which makes it much easier on me.

    My local mayor and police chief want to travel with me to Cowboy Stadium so they get to eat what we cook…ha! They said they would not even go into the game, just stay near the food the whole time…HA! I am going to cook a feast for them and all our finest officers in October, but some do not seem to want to wait until then.

    If you are ever in south Louisiana let me know and either I will feed you or will recommend you to a great place to eat which does a really good job.

    Take care of yourself and be blessed!

  18. suprmous says: Aug 12, 2013 5:12 AM

    southernpatriots, you should’ve tried livin with the 3 I had the pleasure of growin up with. Neither of the 2 that went on to play pro was feather light and tho the youngest was somewhat smaller it was only because he wasn’t all muscle like the other 2. He said actually it was because he was smarter. Yet all 3 still played where they did and I still caught grief bout bein an LSU fan. You’d think with the mix we had I’d be more protected just for bein a girl,ha.

    Alright Good People, have a good week. And may all of you get promotions in Life and on your job.

  19. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2013 8:47 PM

    I received two calls today. One from a friend of Williford’s family and one from a staff member in LSU’s sports information office. Each spoke of Josh and his present condition and future.

    As I posted earlier, it was my best guestimate and the potential spoken by his doctor, that Josh would not play football again. That appears to be even more the case this day. Coach Miles said Josh would be concentrating on his academics. The doctor has said he should not look to playing football again…so it appears what we and others thought is correct…Josh’s playing days at LSU (or anywhere else for that matter) are over.

    He has a great future ahead of him in business or sports management, etc., just not contact sports.

    Josh’s Mom has expressed her thanks to all who kept Josh in their thoughts and prayers. His spirits are high and his attitude is great, though it is still an adjustment he has not completely made that he will not play again.

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