Five return to active duty for LSU, but backup tight end remains suspended

Les Miles says additional players will improve depth, doesn't anticipate changes in starting lineup

LSU running back Alfred Blue runs past Georgia line backer Alec Ogletree in the third quarter.

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LSU running back Alfred Blue runs past Georgia line backer Alec Ogletree in the third quarter.

A week into preparations for its Chick-fil-Bowl game against Clemson, LSU has improved its depth situation with several additions to its active roster.

The Tigers will have available linebackers Tahj Jones, D.J. Welter and Kwon Alexander, as well as starting right guard Josh Williford and reserve offensive lineman Evan Washington.

Jones was academically ineligible in the fall, Welter also had academic issues, and Alexander missed most of the season with an ankle injury. Williford has been sidelined since suffering a concussion against Florida on Oct. 6.

Coach Les Miles said this week that he does not expect sophomore tight end Nic Jacobs to play against Clemson. Jacobs was suspended for the last three games of the regular season.

Tailback Alfred Blue and offensive tackle Chris Faulk are not expected to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Both are sidelined with knee injuries.

Miles said he doesn't anticipate making changes in the Tigers' starting lineup for the bowl game.

"Practice and bowl week will kind of determine how all that goes and what we might expect with certain guys coming back with a lot of experience," Miles said. "There's a point where you want to put a rusty guy in a game when everybody else is tuned up. It's a good measuring stick, if you will, for bowl practice. We'll have to see who the best is."

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