After calling off their game against Alabama last week, LSU may now have its game against Arkansas canceled, pending the results of the Razorbacks' latest COVID tests.
Hogs head coach Sam Pittman shed a dim light on his program Thursday, saying the team's numbers were thin and that playing Saturday was not a given.
"I'm just going to tell you the truth, we're running thin. We want to play the game, but you have to have adequate numbers to play the game. And, we are thin. So, if we have a good test tomorrow, then by golly we're going to play the game," he said.
Those numbers Pittman refers to are the 53 players required to field a team per SEC protocols. Beyond the 53 players, each team needs to fill a set number at each position.
After Thursday's practice, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was asked about Pittman's comments.
"I didn't even know that. Whatever you told me, whatever statement you made wasn't told to me. As far as I know we're going on that plane and we gone," Orgeron said.
LSU canceled their game against Alabama last week following their own outbreak of the coronavirus; a large contact tracing tree tied the cases back to a Halloween party.
Orergon said the Tigers had one of their best practice weeks of the season, but said he is understanding if the game cannot be played.
"It's a fluid situation and we have to deal with it," he said. "I was in that situation two weeks ago. We wanted to play Alabama but we were way under that mark and it would have been dangerous for our team to play and according to the rules we couldn't play. If they can't play, and are under the mark, I understand, it's a fluid situation, but we're ready to go."
The game is currently scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m.
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