LSU football practice report (Oct. 21): Once expected to miss season, Kardell Thomas returns

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Once expected to miss the entire season, true freshman offensive lineman Kardell Thomas returned to LSU football practice on Monday afternoon.

A 6-foot-3, 329-pound graduate of Southern Lab, Thomas was a five-star recruit and one of the key pieces of LSU’s most recent class.

Thomas injured his ankle during preseason camp in August. Coach Ed Orgeron called it “unfortunate,” adding Thomas was accidentally hit from behind. Thomas soon underwent surgery.

About two weeks later, Orgeron said Thomas would miss the rest of the season, though he hoped Thomas could return around December. At the time, he added Thomas would redshirt.

On Monday, Thomas appeared during LSU’s open period for the first time since the injury. He went through drills as a right guard.

Roll call

Players missing from the open period of LSU football practice:

  • Todd Harris, S, junior
  • Donte Starks, LB, freshman
  • Tory Carter, FB, junior
  • Dare Rosenthal, OT, redshirt freshman
  • Thomas Perry, OL, freshman
  • Thaddeus Moss, TE, junior
  • Neil Farrell Jr., DE, junior
  • Justin Thomas, DE, junior