SEC: LSU- Without CB Robinson and WR Dupree


BATON ROUGE, La — LSU has released a statement that cornerback Rashbard Robinson and wide receiver Malachi Dupre will not play in Saturday night’s opener agains No.14 Wisconsin.

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According to The Daily Reveille, the university paper, Robinson — who is listed as a starting cornerback — did not travel with the No.13 Tigers to Houston for the game. The Baton Rouge Advocate also reported that Robinson is suspended for the that Robinson is suspended for the game and that Dupre sprained his ankle at practice and also would not play.

However LSU stated that Robinson was not suspended and that Dupre’s injury was to the leg, not ankle. Dupre missed two of the Tigers’ three scrimmages with the undisclosed injury.

Tigers coach Les Miles was scheduled to meet with reporters at NRG Stadium on Friday afternoon, but it was canceled.

Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Louisiana State Tigers cornerback Jalen Mills (28) walks on the field between plays during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Not surprising that the status Robinson is unclear going in to the first game of the season, Miles has played coy all through preseason when asked, just as he has about safety Jalen Mills, following his arrest for allegedly knocking a woman unconscious in May.

The cornerback has frequently practiced with the reserves, but Miles did not reveal that the sophomore had any disciplinary issues.

When asked about Robinson starting against Wisconsin by a caller on his Wednesday radio, Miles vaguely responded, “Rashard Robinson practiced today. Everything’s good.”

So if Robinson is out, who will play against the Badgers Satruday? Well, junior Jalen Collins started twice last season and could be in line to start.

As far as Mills is concerned, it is still unclear whether or not he will face any punishment following his arrest. Running back Jeremy Hill sat out five quarters of the 2013 season following an arrest on similar charges.

Mills has officially been charged with misdemeanor battery, and his attorney has indicated that he will plead not guilty if the case goes to trail. Mills was reinstated to the team by Miles on the first day of preseason practice.

“He is healthy and preparing to play,” Miles said of Mills earlier this week. “Any of those thoughts would be something that I carry with me and we are preparing him to play early and late.”