LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr. undergoes foot procedure, no schedule for return

LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., one of the college football’s top draft prospects, will be out indefinitely after undergoing procedure to repair a foot injury, coach Ed Orgeron announced on Wednesday.

Orgeron said there was no timeline for Stingley’s return; the junior played LSU’s first three games this season, but suffered a foot injury the week of practice leading up to the Tigers’ opener against Mississippi State.

“I appreciate all the support from LSU and the fans,” Stingley Jr. said in a school statement. “I am doing everything I can to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. I want to finish the season with my teammates and I will do everything I can to be healthy so that I can play again this year.”

Stingley could take part in the 2022 NFL Draft if he applies for early eligibility. He was among the most impactful freshmen in college football in 2019, amassing SEC highs of six steals and 15 assists for LSU’s undefeated National Championship team. Injuries made him less effective in second year; he broke five assists in seven games that season.

Grandson of former New England Patriots WR Darryl Stingley, who was tragically crippled in a preseason game in 1978, young Stingley was a five-star rookie from Dunham High School in Baton Rouge. analyst Daniel Jeremiah filmed three of Stingley’s games this summer and compared him to New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl CB Marshon Lattimore.

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