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LSU vet Mills injured at practice, could miss games

8 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, August 20 2015 Aug 20, 2015 August 20, 2015 8:41 AM August 20, 2015 in Sports
Source: WBRZ Sports2
By: Michael Cauble

LSU's most seasoned player will miss at least a couple of weeks of game action after injuring his lower leg at practice on Wednesday.

Senior safety Jalen Mills went down with an ankle area injury running drills during LSU's morning practice on campus. 

The extent of the injury is not known, however Mills is expected to miss at least four weeks with recovery time taking his potential return date well into week three of the season.

Should the injury be more significant, Mills could miss the first four games of the season placing his return back in time for the home game against Eastern Michigan or the road trip to South Carolina.

Mills was the Tigers most seasoned player having started 39 games in his career, every game played while he's been on campus.

The DeSoto Texas native was primed for a super senior season after opting to come back to campus following a junior season that could have seen him leave early for the NFL.

Mills has played the last two years at safety and was expected to play a pivotal role in LSU's nickel package, where he would drop down to be the fifth defensive back utilizing his good speed and cover skills.

If there is a positive to this injury for the Tigers, LSU has plenty of depth in the defensive backfield.  Junior safety Rickey Jefferson is expected to step into Mills role having backed him up at the position.  John Battle and Corey Thompson add depth at the position, and freshman Kevin Tolliver or returning junior Dwayne Thomas could play in the nickel role if needed.

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