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LSU QB Myles Brennan 'very doubtful' for Bama after not practicing well with injury

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE — LSU quarterback Myles Brennan's abdomen tear took a turn for the worse on Wednesday at practice, and as of now he is not expected to play in LSU's next game against Alabama on Nov. 14

"He tried to practice today. He practiced a little bit. It wasn't very good," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said on his weekly radio show Wednesday night. "It was hurting. So, we're going to see again tomorrow (Thursday). And we'll see how much he can practice next week. Right now, I'd have to say he's very doubtful the way it is."

LSU (2-3) and No. 2 Alabama (6-0) are each open on Saturday. They kick off at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 on CBS in Tiger Stadium.

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The plan was for Brennan to participate in a full practice in full gear Wednesday for the first time since tearing his abdomen in a collision at Missouri in the first quarter on Oct. 10. He finished that game, but has not played since, missing LSU's games against South Carolina and Auburn.

Brennan, a junior who started LSU's first three games, was supposed to begin practicing last week and gradually be brought back, but that plan was changed when he was still experiencing soreness and pain as he did Wednesday. 

If Brennan cannot go against Alabama, either true freshman TJ Finley or true freshman Max Johnson will start against the Tide. Finley has started LSU's last two games with Brennan out.

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan passes at Missouri on Oct. 10. He tore his abdomen in a collision in the first quarter of that game and finished the game, but he has missed both of the Tigers' games since and is "very doubtful" for the next one vs. Alabama on Nov. 14.

"We're going to have a competition between Max and TJ just like we had (last week), and let's see who does the best job," Orgeron said Wednesday night. "And whoever does the best job, we're going to start him."

Finley played very well in his first start on Oct. 24 as he completed 17 of 21 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers beat South Carolina, 52-24. He regressed this past Saturday at Auburn, though, completing 13 of 24 passes for 143 yards with two interceptions and a fumble.

Johnson replaced him in the third quarter and completed 15 of 24 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown.

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Finley and Johnson have been splitting practice snaps down the middle the last two weeks with Brennan only practicing briefly Wednesday.

"When Myles is the first team quarterback, he takes all the first team reps," Orgeron said. "We had periods where we go 10 plays at a time, and Myles would've taken every one of them. Now, we're splitting them between TJ and Max. So, they're splitting every rep."