LSU was without one of its top receivers in its 13-10, SEC West-clinching win on the road against Arkansas last week. Brian Thomas Jr. was held out as he entered concussion protocol prior to the game.
Coach Brian Kelly offered an encouraging update on Thomas’ condition on Monday, and on Thursday, Kelly said the wideout was cleared to play after participating in practice both Wednesday and Thursday.
Thomas, a sophomore, has 20 catches for 280 yards and three touchdowns this season, and he has stepped up as a reliable No. 3 target behind Malik Nabers and Kayshon Boutte, especially in the wake of a season-ending injury to Chris Hilton Jr.
Kelly also provided an update on Sevyn Banks, who hasn’t played since he was hospitalized after a hit to the neck on the opening kickoff against Auburn last month. Kelly said Banks saw a spinal specialist on Thursday and hopes to return to the field this season.
He said he should have a further update on Banks next week.
The Tigers have largely managed to stay healthy since losing defensive tackle Maason Smith with a torn ACL on the first drive of the season. Getting a player like Thomas back ahead of a key stretch of games should help this team’s confidence.
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