Clyde Edwards-Helaire is questionable for LSU’s College Football Playoff matchup against Oklahoma, coach Ed Orgeron confirmed Wednesday night.
The star running back, who amassed 1,689 all-purpose yards in the regular season, experienced an apparent non-contact hamstring injury during practice this week. Orgeron said the junior underwent tests Wednesday that should clarify the nature of the setback.
“He did not practice today,” Orgeron told reporters, “and he could not practice.”
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Edwards-Helaire received the bulk of LSU’s carries during the regular season, taking 197 handoffs across 13 games. Freshman Tyrion Davis-Prince received the next-highest workload among running backs at 60 totes.
Edwards-Helaire, then, was supposed to be a primary part of the Tigers’ attack against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 28. His success out of the backfield has helped Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow find openings in opposing secondaries.
Oklahoma has allowed 132.8 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt this season.