BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU held its first practice for the Citrus Bowl on Tuesday afternoon with a very notable piece missing from action.
Outside linebacker Arden Key, who missed LSU’s last two games, was not present at practice. Key had surgery to repair a broken right pinky two days after LSU’s season-ending win over Texas A&M.
Key actually played four games with the broken pinky. In the four games he played with the pinky taped to his ring finger, Key piled up 23 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 6 quarterback hurries.
However, he also sustained an apparent knee injury against Arkansas. Key wore a heavy brace in practice leading up to the A&M game, but did not end up suiting up against the Aggies.
Senior inside linebacker Donnie Alexander was also missing from the practice. Alexander was injured against Arkansas and missed the Tennessee game, but returned to play against Texas A&M on senior night.
The Tigers also gained a body.
Senior left tackle KJ Malone was practicing with the first-team offensive line Tuesday. Malone has not played since injuring a patellar tendon against Florida on Oct. 7. Malone attempted to work out with the team in the week leading up to the Texas A&M game, but was not ready to take the field. The Tigers were not in pads Tuesday, but Malone was moving more nimbly than he had in the final week of the regular season.
Senior safety Ed Paris also dressed out for practice, though he did not actually participate in any running drills. Paris is applying for a medical redshirt so he can play next season.
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