When will LSU’s Arden Key be cleared to play this season? That’s a good question

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LSU outside linebacker Arden Key, arguably the best pass rusher in the nation, still isn’t ready to return from shoulder surgery, and Tigers coach Ed Orgeron has no idea when Key will be cleared for contact.

“There’s no word yet on Arden Key,” Orgeron told reporters Tursday. “He’s not cleared to go yet. We don’t know when he’s going to be cleared. He did go see his doctor, but he’s not ready to practice yet.

“It’s still unknown when he’s going to play.”

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Orgeron said last week that he did not expect Key to play in the season opener against BYU on September 2 in Houston. But Orgeron’s comments Tuesday crated perjaps his more mystery as to when Key will be ready to return. When he does, how rusty will he be? Will he ever truly be at 100 percent this season?

Key took a leave of absence for unknown reasons during the spring, so the ast time he has had legit football contact was in the Citrus Bowl win over Louisville on January 1.

Key, who is 6 feet 6, is listed at 265 pounds on LSU’s official roster – a gain of 27 pounds from last season. He was seen as an early first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, but his current status has clouded that.

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