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LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire injures hamstring, status for CFP semifinal unknown

LSU is dealing with some significant injury news just 10 days away from the College Football Playoff semifinals. 

Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a hamstring injury during practice on Tuesday. The severity of Edwards-Helaire’s injury is still unknown. Coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday evening that Edwards-Helaire was tentatively questionable for the Peach Bowl against Oklahoma and that the team would know more about the injury by the end of the week.

Edwards-Helaire has had a massive role on LSU’s high-flying offense this season. The junior has rushed for 1,290 yards and 16 touchdowns on 197 carries on the year. He also has 50 catches for 399 yards, proving to be a reliable safety valve out of the backfield for Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow. 

LSU has plenty of talent behind Edwards-Helaire at the position, but the other two contributors this season are both true freshman. Tyrion Davis-Price has 270 yards and six touchdowns on 60 carries while John Emery Jr. has 182 yards and three scores on 36 attempts. 

"If its their turn and Clyde can't play, those guys are going to step up and do very well," Orgeron said via the Advocate. "But I'm not sure if Clyde can play or can't play yet."

LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) runs against Georgia during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Oklahoma players suspended for CFP semifinal

The news about Edwards-Helaire comes on the heels of several reports that surfaced concerning the status of several key Oklahoma players. According to SoonerScoop.com, Oklahoma will be without running back Rhamondre Stevenson, defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins and receiver Trejan Bridges due to suspension. 

Perkins leads OU with 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. With Trey Sermon out for the year, Stevenson is the team’s No. 2 running back behind Kennedy Brooks. Bridges has just seven catches on the year, but two went for a touchdown. He has also pitched in eight tackles on special teams. 

OU head coach Lincoln Riley would not confirm the suspensions during his Wednesday signing day press conference. 

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