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Russell likely to miss start of LSU spring practice

2/1/2006 - LSU Tigers

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A month after LSU closed out the year with a 40-3 rout of Miami in the Peach Bowl, injuries are still
hurting the team.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell most likely will miss the start of spring practice, but should be able to start throwing the football toward the end of March and participate at the spring scrimmage or
game, coach Les Miles said.

Russell is recovering from two injuries: he injured his right
wrist against Florida on Oct. 15 at Tiger Stadium and the separated
his left shoulder in the SEC championship game against Georgia on
Dec. 3 at the Georgia Dome. The shoulder injury kept the sophomore
from attending the Peach Bowl.

Running backs Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard continue to
show progress while rehabbing similar knee injuries.

Broussard, who tore ligaments in LSU's initial August scrimmage,
suffered a setback when his knee became infected after surgery.
Miles is uncertain whether Broussard will participate in the spring
but expects him to be ready for fall camp.

Vincent tore a ligament in his right knee in the SEC
championship game and had surgery in January. He will sit out
spring practice.

Offensive linemen Will Arnold, Brett Helms and Ryan Miller are expected to be close to, if not fully, recovered from late-season
injuries when spring practice begins in early March.