LSU safety Jalen Mills fractured his right fibula on Wednesday and is expected to miss four to six weeks recovering from the injury, according to Nola.com.
Mills has started every game of his career, 39 starts in 39 games and is the most experienced player on the Tigers’ roster. He will likely miss two games; LSU’s season opener against McNeese State on Sept. 5 and a road game against Mississippi State on Sept. 12.
The best LSU can hope for, at least according to the timeline given, is for Mills to return after four weeks and suit up against Mississippi State. But more than likely, he won’t make it back until the Tigers’ huge SEC showdown against Auburn on Sept. 19.
If Mills can’t make it back by the third or fourth game of the season and requires the full six weeks to recover, how much trouble will LSU be in against the two highly explosive spread offenses they’ll face in Mississippi State and Auburn?
Fortunately for the Tigers, its secondary is the deepest and arguably the most talented position group on the team. They have dubbed themselves DBU, after all. Junior Rickey Henderson will start in Mills’ absence and he isn’t exactly lacking in experience. He has one start to his name but has played in 20 games throughout his career, including all 13 games in 2014.
LSU may be able to weather the storm while Mills recovers but if he can’t return against Auburn on Sept. 19, it could prove costly.