Lineman out two weeks with bruised kidney

Updated: August 22, 2003, 5:46 PM ET

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU offensive lineman Terrell McGill is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks after suffering a bruised kidney in the Tigers' final scrimmage of fall camp, head coach Nick Saban said Friday.

McGill, from Miami, Fla., played in five games last year as a freshman and is still expected to see significant playing time this season. The seriousness of McGill's injury was not recognized until after Wednesday's scrimmage was over.

"Terrell has had an excellent camp and he's very disappointed that he will be unable to participate for a few weeks," Saban said. "Any time you have an internal injury, it must be dealt with extreme caution. We are going to take every step necessary to make sure Terrell is completely healthy before putting him back on the field."

McGill will definitely miss the first game of the season, on Aug. 30 against Louisiana-Monroe, but after that it's unclear if he'll miss any more games, LSU athletics spokesman Michael Bonnette said.

Saban also said redshirt freshman quarterback Lester Ricard has decided to transfer to another school. LSU officials did not immediately know which school Ricard intended to attend.

"Anytime we have a player leave the program, it's disappointing," Saban said. "We are hopeful that Lester will be successful in any of his future endeavors."

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