Arden Key has not seen a real or practice field in a long time for LSU. He underwent shoulder surgery near the end of last season and was gone at the beginning of spring for “personal reasons.” It seems that he may not make is 2017 debut with the rest of the team either as his shoulder isn’t 100 percent yet.
The surgery took place in June and it sounds like it’s taken awhile for Key to get back to where he needs to in order to play. Coach Ed Orgeron is optimistic, but said not to expect him back the first game of the season. Here’s his answer when asked if he thought Key would be back for the BYU game to open the season via NOLA.com:
“I don’t think so,” Orgeron said. “I’m not sure but I don’t think so. I’m not expecting it. But nothing that dude does surprises me. He’s going to go to his doctor next week and we should know pretty soon when he’s going to play.”
Coach went on to say that the injury has not been aggravated since the surgery took place and that Key was even in pads for practice on Thursday. He was not hitting or taking any contact, but did go through some walkthrough activities. He’s the team’s leading returning tackler with 56 stops last season and set a school record with 12 sacks last season as well.