Derek Stingley Jr has procedure, ruled out indefinitely

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The hits just keep on coming for the LSU Tigers.

After losing Myles Brennan, Andre Anthony, and John Emery Jr, the LSU Tigers took another hit on Wednesday. Head coach Ed Orgeron announced that Derek Stingley Jr had a procedure on his foot and has been ruled out indefinitely. There is no timetable at this time for a potential return to the team.

In a statement released by LSU, Stingley stated that his intentions are to return to the team and finish out the 2021 campaign.

“I appreciate all of the support from LSU and the fans,” Stingley Jr. said. “I’m doing all that I can to return to the field as soon as possible. I want to finish out the season with my teammates and I will do everything I can to get healthy so that I will be able to play again this year.”

This will likely be the final season in Baton Rouge for the former five-star recruit and All-American cornerback. He is viewed as one of the top prospects for the 2022 NFL draft. Stingley has been hampered by injuries over the past two seasons following his breakout in 2019 during the national championship run.

He was set to visit a doctor this week as Orgeron stated when speaking with the media last week. Stingley required a procedure and it is unlikely that we could see him before the open date. Even having him back in time for the Alabama game on Nov. 6, seems like a stretch right now.

Just another huge injury to overcome in a season that doesn’t look so bright after their latest loss to Auburn. The team will need to rely on Eli Ricks and Dwight McGlothern as the boundary cornerbacks until Stingley can return, if at all.

This year McClothern has allowed six receptions on 13 targets for 44 yards, which breaks down to 3.4 yards per target. He and Cordale Flott lead the team for the lowest completion percentage allowed among cornerbacks. Both allow less than 50% completions through five games.