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LSU's Derek Stingley Jr. Out for 2nd Straight Game vs. Auburn with Foot Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVOctober 1, 2021

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LSU star Derek Stingley Jr. will likely miss Saturday's game against No. 22 Auburn with a left foot injury.

"I don't think there's any way he plays," Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said of the junior cornerback.

Stingley was also absent last week when LSU earned a 28-25 victory over Mississippi State to improve to 3-1. The injury dates back to August, and he aggravated the problem during practice last week.

The timetable for Stingley's return remains muddled.

Orgeron said Wednesday the 2019 All-American flew out of town to consult with doctors and learn more about his situation.

Appearing on The Jordy Culotta Show, Derek Stingley Sr. said he and his son were awaiting more testing before making a decision about the next steps. While Stingley is optimistic about returning to the field this season, surgery remains a possibility, and he could be out for an extended period.

The 6'1" defensive back has eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble through three games. Without him in the secondary, LSU allowed 371 passing yards and three touchdowns to Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix struggled in the Tigers' 28-20 loss to Penn State two weeks ago, finishing 21-of-37 for 185 yards. He wasn't much better as the Tigers struggled to put away Georgia State last week, going 13-of-27 for 156 yards.

TJ Finley came on in relief of Nix and threw for 97 yards and a touchdown. The score put Auburn ahead 27-24 with 45 seconds left. The LSU transfer may be the answer for head coach Bryan Harsin to turn the passing game around.

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