LSU seems like it will have its full complement of previously suspended players against Alabama on November 5. Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware, and Tharold Simon, all suspended for reportedly failing a drug test, returned to practice with the Tigers on Tuesday, and Les Miles is talking as if they will be eligible to play against the Crimson Tide.
"We're practicing, preparing them to play and operating along that way," Miles said. "We're going to plan on using them."
Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy candidate before his suspension and might still be, Ware is the team's leading rusher, and Simon is a strong defender. And yet LSU didn't seem to miss a beat without the three players against Auburn, defeating the Tigers in a 45-10 rout.
Things might have been different if they had been suspended for the match-up with Alabama that could be a de facto BCS National Championship Game play-in game, though.