ATLANTA — Oklahoma's player availability for the Peach Bowl isn't looking great, but LSU's appears to be on the upswing.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tigers leading rusher Clyde Edwards-Helaire is no longer using crutches or a scooter after suffering a hamstring injury last week.
He might be able to play Saturday against OU in the national semifinal.
"We're gonna see if he can do something tomorrow," Orgeron said. "It's gonna be a day-by-day by day deal, but I promise you this, he's a little bit better than what I thought about last week. He has a chance to play. I don't know if he will."
Edwards-Helaire has rushed for 1,290 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. But he's also been a reliable receiver, with 50 catches for 399 yards and a TD.
His biggest game this fall was against Arkansas in November, when he rushed for 188 yards and three TDs, to go with 7 catches for 65 yards.
OU has not made it official, but there are reports defensive end Ronnie Perkins (suspension), running back Rhamondre Stevenson (suspension), receiver Trejan Bridges (suspension) and Delarrin Turner-Yell (collarbone) will not play.
That isn't affecting Orgeron's game plan.
"I'm sure coach [Lincoln] Riley has the same saying. We have the 'next man up' theory. We play 11 men on the field, we fight like Tigers and we don't blink. This is a top program and they do a great job recruiting. I'm sure the next guy is champing at the bit and they may have their best game.
"So we don't even factor that in. We don't say 'hey this is going to be an advantage, this is not going to be an advantage.' ... it's about us and the way we execute."
Riley is scheduled to speak with media at 2 p.m. central this afternoon.