LSU's O-line faces more attrition

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The news didn't get better for LSU's troubled offensive line Wednesday.

Already facing the possibility of playing without one starting offensive lineman, Tigers coach Les Miles said LSU might also be without left tackle Alex Hurst when the Tigers host No. 3 South Carolina on Saturday.

Miles said Hurst was "nicked" in last week's 14-6 loss to Florida and has missed practice this week while dealing with personal issues. He did not know when Hurst would return but when asked if Hurst expressed a desire to leave the team, Miles said that was not the case.

Hurst, a senior, is a returning starter at right tackle and started there the first four games before moving to left tackle the last two games.

Miles also said right guard Josh Williford (head) has not yet been cleared to play Saturday against South Carolina, though it remains a possibility.

If Williford and Hurst can't go, LSU will be without three of its original starting five offensive linemen from August camp. Chris Faulk was lost for the season after the season opener. Williford and Hurst were the Tigers' right side of the line. Miles said Josh Dworaczyk would start at left tackle for Hurst and Trai Turner would start at right guard if either starter can't go.