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Brian Kelly provides injury updates on Jayden Daniels, Josh Williams for SEC Championship

Chandler Vessels11/27/22
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After LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M, there is some concern about his status for the SEC Championship Game. Tigers coach Brian Kelly put those worries at ease Sunday, however, providing a positive update on the signal caller.

Kelly told reporters that though Daniels is wearing a boot at the moment, he is “optimistic” the quarterback will not only play this weekend, but be ready to practice by Tuesday.

“Jayden, we kept him in a boot for today,” Kelly said. “His exam was good today. We’re pretty optimistic about his ability to practice on Tuesday. It wasn’t a high-ankle sprain. Those are the things that you concern yourself with because that’s going to limit his mobility. He’s going to need to have obviously all of his mobility and more. Early indications look pretty good. We’ll have a better understanding tomorrow, but the report was good today. We’ll take it from there.”

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Daniels has been an efficient passer this season, throwing for 2,566 yards, 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions with a completion rate of 68.6%. He adds another dimension with his ability as a runner, and currently leads the Tigers with 824 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

Daniels returned to the game Saturday after his injury, and finished 21-of-35 passing for 189 yards while also rushing for 84 more. However, he was held without a touchdown for the third time this season.

In addition to Jayden Daniels, Kelly also provided an update on the injury to running back Josh Williams. The redshirt junior is second behind Daniels on the team with 477 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Williams has sat out the past two games with a knee injury, though he was dressed out last week against the Aggies.

“Josh looked good,” Kelly said. “We’re obviously very conservative with him in making sure that we got him at what we considered full 100%. He’s the kind of runner that needs that. I think we feel all very good that he’s going to be able to be part of the game plan this weekend.”

LSU was eliminated from the College Football Playoff picture with last week’s loss, but still has a chance to make a New Year’s Six Bowl with a win against Georgia in the SEC title game. The Tigers and Bulldogs will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.