LSU safety Major Burns to miss the next 3-6 weeks with a neck injury

The Tigers were without one of their top defensive players in Saturday night’s 38-0 win over New Mexico. Safety Major Burns was held out with a neck injury.

After the game, Brian Kelly delivered a less-than-ideal update to Burns’ status. The safety suffered an upper neck injury and has been cleared by the doctors, but Kelly said Burns is set to miss the next 3-6 weeks as the team will not rush him back to action.

It’s a big loss for the Tigers’ secondary, but luckily the team is set to get safety Joe Foucha back next week. Foucha has missed the first four games with an academic suspension. He will likely start at safety next week against Auburn alongside his former roommate at Arkansas, Greg Brooks Jr.

LSU was also without edge rusher BJ Ojulari with what Kelly called a “cranky” patella injury, but he’s expected to play next week. Burns, who transferred in from Georgia last year and became a starter this season, is tied for third on the team with 16 tackles. He also ties for the team lead with two pass deflections.

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