LSU coach Brian Kelly said that sophomore offensive lineman Garrett Dellinger is “doubtful” for the Auburn game this weekend with a hand injury.
Dellinger underwent surgery Tuesday, Kelly said. LSU hoped he would be available Saturday night, but there may not be enough time for him to recover.
“It appears as though it’s going to be tight for him to make the game,” Kelly said. “At first, we thought we could get him ready. But there was a screw and a plate that needed to go in there. Right now as we’re talking, I’d say he’s doubtful for Saturday.”
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A vital piece of the offensive line, Dellinger started the last three games at left guard after playing center in the season-opening loss to Florida State. The former top 100 recruits has played center, guard and tackle.
The Athletic first reported Dellinger broke his hand this week and would miss the Auburn game.
Without Dellinger, LSU would have to use a different starting offensive line for the fourth time in five games. The Tigers played the same group in back-to-back games for the first time this weekend against New Mexico last weekend.
Kelly said LSU would move redshirt sophomore Miles Frazier from right to left guard if Dellinger misses time. The team would then have a couple of options at right guard, starting with redshirt junior Anthony Bradford.
Bradford started two games at right guard before missing the Mississippi State game. He rotated at the position last week with Frazier. LSU also has fifth-year senior Tre’Mond Shorts and redshirt sophomore Xavier Hill.
Offensive line coach Brad Davis cross-trained LSU’s offensive linemen at multiple positions for these scenarios, but Kelly has expressed concern about depth on the offensive line.