LSU to limit QB Russell in practice for Peach Bowl

Updated: December 15, 2005, 11:08 AM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell, injured in the Southeastern Conference Championship game against Georgia, will be limited in practice when the Tigers begin their preparations Friday for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Russell separated his left shoulder in the Dec. 3 game.

On Tuesday, a series of X-rays showed that the injury is continuing to heal and that he could be out of a sling in a week to 10 days, leaving open the possibility of a postseason return. Russell officially is listed as questionable for the game against No. 9 Miami on Dec. 30 in Atlanta.

"It feels a lot better than last week," Russell said. "I can do some things with it, move it a little, but haven't been able to do too much because it is in a sling."

The separation is in Russell's non-throwing shoulder, but he has not thrown a football since he was injured in the 34-14 loss to Georgia.

Throughout the latter part of the season, LSU coach Les Miles limited Russell's practice repetitions and sometimes gave him Monday and Tuesday off, letting him rest his right wrist that was injured in against Florida on Oct. 15. Russell did not miss a start in 2005, finishing third in the SEC in passing efficiency (136.5 rating) and sixth in yards per game (202).

In the SEC championship game, LSU backup Matt Flynn was 3-for-11 for 36 yards with a touchdown and an interception while Russell underwent initial tests in the locker room.

If Russell could not play, Flynn would start.


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