Updates from Wednesday, July 30
Ross Dellenger of The Advocate provides an update on Trey Lealaimatafao from coach Les Miles:
Trey Lealaimatafao will "probably not" play this season after arm injury, Miles says. #LSU— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) July 30, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
NOLA.com's Jim Kleinpeter reports the latest on Lealaimatafao's status:
LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was released from a local hospital Wednesday, two days after severely injuring his left arm from punching a glass window.
LSU sports information director Micahel Bonnette confirmed that the 6-feet, 300-pounder from San Antonio, Texas, was released but offered no further details on the extent of his injuries or his playing future. He said doctors expect a full recovery but there is no timetable as yet.
"He's recovering and the family has asked that no other details be released," Bonnette said. "They appreciate all the concern and outpouring of support but have nohting further to say."
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Lealaimatafao tweeted the latest on his condition:
Hi everyone, I'm doing well pic.twitter.com/xKdECracQY— Trey Lealaimatafao™ (@TLay_56) July 22, 2014
LSU true freshman Trey Lealaimatafao reportedly suffered a serious arm injury after punching through a glass window in the team's gym.
According to sources cited by The Times-Picayune's Jim Kleinpeter, the defensive tackle punched the window following an argument with his girlfriend. The injury was so bad that glass reportedly "tore through" his bicep, showing the bone.
There were originally frightening details of Lealaimatafao facing possible arm amputation, but fortunately, The Advocate's Ross Dellenger added a report that is a little more encouraging than that:
Source says that the injury to Lealaimatafao is not career or life-threatening, but playing this season could be in doubt. #LSU— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) July 22, 2014
#LSU had to call 911 bc of loss of blood to Lealaimatafao. Injury tore muscle in his arm. Source: "He's not going to lose his arm."— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) July 22, 2014
The school's student newspaper, citing LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette, confirmed Dellenger's report:
That's great news in an otherwise terrible story for Lealaimatafao and LSU.
Lealaimatafao was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school in San Antonio. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, received offers from several top programs around the country and had potential as a creator of havoc in the middle of the Tigers defense.
As The Daily Reveille's Mike Gegenheimer noted, the 6'0", 300-pound youngster had a legitimate chance of making an impact this season:
DT is a spot where #LSU could've used plenty of depth. Young guys (including Lealaimatafao) had a shot to see the field.— Mike Gegenheimer (@Gegs_TDR) July 22, 2014
Alas, football will now have to be put on the back burner, as the freshman will look to rehab from the serious injury.
LSU, which enters the season as a top-15 team, shouldn't miss too much of a beat on the gridiron, but this is the kind of thing that will give Les Miles and his staff nightmares.
Not only is it an extremely scary injury to a promising player, but it's something that easily could have been avoided.