Ed Orgeron shares the latest update on injured running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Heading into LSU’s first-ever appearance in the College Football Playoff against Oklahoma in the 2019 Peach Bowl, the biggest question mark for the Tigers hovers over injured running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
The junior was injured recently in practice just over a week ago and has not partaken in practice with his team since that time. During Ed Orgeron’s Thursday morning College Football Playoff media session in Atlanta, the status of Edwards-Helaire was among the hottest topics.
Orgeron provided the latest on Edwards-Helaire almost immediately once his press conference began.
“Yeah, he hasn’t practice yet. He may practice a little bit (Thursday) we’re not sure yet if he is going to practice,” Orgeron said. “He’s questionable for the game. I do believe that there’s any shot of him being cleared to play medically, the trainer’s and doctors say that he can play, I think he’s going to try. I don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
While some have questioned whether LSU even needs Edwards-Helaire in this matchup, make no mistake, Coach Orgeron isn’t overlooking the Sooners and wants his offense at full capacity if possible.
“I hope he does play,” Orgeron noted.
Moments later, LSU’s coach was once again asked about Edwards-Helaire and Orgeron gave a little more information on his starting running back’s status.
“He ran a little bit yesterday, ran straight ahead. Medically, hopefully, he is cleared today to practice. I don’t know if he will,” Coach O noted. “It would be the first day that he would, he may try today, I’m not sure. It’s going to be a game-time situation. Knowing Clyde, if he can play, he’s going to try.
“Do I expect him to try and play? Yes. How much he can play, I don’t know.”
That’s not a great sign for those hoping to see Edwards-Helaire lineup in the Peach Bowl.