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Sport LSU's Edwards-Helaire still mending, a no-show for media day

19:32  26 december  2019
19:32  26 december  2019 Source:   ap.org

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ATLANTA -- Clyde Edwards - Helaire was a no - show for No. 1 LSU at Thursday' s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl media day , and coach Ed Orgeron said he isn't sure if the running back will be able to play in Saturday' s College Football Playoff semifinal against No. 4 Oklahoma at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said leading rusher Clyde Edwards - Helaire is recovering from a hamstring injury and Edwards - Helaire injured his hamstring during a non-contact play in practice last week. It' s going to be a day -by- day deal. But I promise you this: a little better than what I thought last week.

ATLANTA (AP) Clyde Edwards-Helaire was a no-show at the Peach Bowl media day on Thursday, another indicator No. 1 LSU's leading rusher could miss the playoff semifinal because of his hamstring injury.

a football player on a field: FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of three players from LSUs high-powered offense to earn unanimous first-team all-SEC honors when The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team was announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning, File)© APWF FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of three players from LSUs high-powered offense to earn unanimous first-team all-SEC honors when The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team was announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning, File)

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It's a reversal of fortune of sorts that LSU ' s featured running back is the one flying under the radar, but Clyde Edwards - Helaire made sure the nation learned his long name. Overshadowed by an LSU passing attack poised to rewrite nearly every line in the record books

LSU coach Ed Orgeron still holds out hope Edwards-Helaire could play against No. 4 Oklahoma. However, Edwards-Helaire's absence from the media day event, normally attended by all players expected to be available for the game, may suggest the junior is a longshot at best to play.

Edwards-Helaire had been scheduled to assume a prominent seat in the interview session, according to a diagram given reporters. Instead, center Lloyd Cushenberry III filled that spot beside wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and quarterback Joe Burrow.

Orgeron said Edwards-Helaire missed Thursday's event because he was receiving treatment. The coach said Edwards-Helaire ''may try something'' in Thursday's practice. Orgeron made a similarly optimistic statement about Tuesday's session, but Edwards-Helaire was unable to join the practice.

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LSU will face Oklahoma in the 2019 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Absent from workouts while the cameras were rolling was running back Clyde Edwards - Helaire Earlier in the day , members of the LSU football team was on hand to talk about many different topics.

Shortly after meeting with the media to talk about facing Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, LSU was LSU will face Oklahoma in the 2019 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Absent from workouts while the cameras were rolling was running back Clyde Edwards - Helaire , who

Orgeron said Edwards-Helaire ''ran a little bit'' on Wednesday without making cuts. A final decision on his availability may not be known before Saturday.

''It's going to be a game-time situation,'' Orgeron said. ''Knowing Clyde, if he can play he's going to try. ... Do I expect him to try to play? Yes. How much he can play, I don't know.''

Edwards-Helaire leads the undefeated Tigers (13-0) with 1,290 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick.

Freshmen Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery Jr. are the leading candidates to fill in at running back. The third member of the committee would be Chris Curry, another freshman.

Emery said Thursday he is ready to seize the opportunity.

''I've been in the shadows, just chilling,'' Emery said. ''I've still been working, though. I just had to wait for my time. It's coming Saturday. So I'm going to show out. My coming-out party.''

Opinion: LSU should sit Edwards-Helaire so he will be closer to 100 percent for Jan. 13

  Opinion: LSU should sit Edwards-Helaire so he will be closer to 100 percent for Jan. 13 The Tigers could beat Oklahoma without tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who suffered a hamstring injury last Tuesday.Edwards-Helaire suffered a hamstring injury last Tuesday, and Coach Ed Orgeron has been tight-lipped about the severity of the injury and Edwars-Helaire's availability for the game.

"Clyde Edwards - Helaire is a critical piece of what LSU does offensively. Not only is he a 1,200-yard rusher, but he’ s caught 50 passes out of the backfield. Really his emergence as a receiver started about halfway through the season as teams started to play more zone to not get beat on the outside against

Edwards - Helaire suffered a hamstring injury in practice last week. LSU coach Ed Orgeron says Edwards - Helaire is “a little bit better" and he described the running back's status as day to day . Center Lloyd Cushenberry III said he's confident LSU ' s coaches will “get those guys right.

Davis-Price ranks second among LSU's running backs with 270 yards rushing and six touchdowns. He has touchdowns in four straight games, including a 4-yard scoring run in the SEC championship game win over Georgia.

''I'm just going to attack it the same way I approach practice every day,'' Davis-Price said. ''Every opportunity I get, I try to dominate that moment.''

Orgeron said none of the three backups can replace Edwards-Belaire's versatile skills. Curry would be part of the group approach at running back.

''I really like his ball security,'' Orgeron said of Curry. ''When we put him in there, in the games, he ran tough. He ran with an attitude. We think we're going to need some physicality in this game. The thing that Chris does, along with John and Tyrion, they do a combination of everything that Clyde does. So we'll have to use all three of them.''

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