By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Starting defensive end Davon Godchaux has been reinstated to the team and will return to practice Wednesday, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday.
Godchaux was suspended from the team indefinitely following an arrest Monday morning stemming from a “tussle” with his girlfriend, but East Baton Rouge district attorney Hillar Moore announced Tuesday that prosecutors had declined to press charges.
“We’re happy that the charges have been dropped,” Orgeron said. “Davon is an excellent young man and I’ve coached him for a couple years now. He’ll return to the team today. We’ll take it day by day and we’ll make sure we have all the information available before we make any other decisions.”
According to a statement from Moore, prosecutors decided against filing charges largely because of inconsistencies in the statement provided by the victim, the mother of Godchaux’s 10-month-old child. Godchaux’s statement and physical evidence at the scene were also considered, per the statement.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested Godchaux on Monday morning after what the police report described as a “tussle” with his girlfriend stemming from a dispute about their relationship.
FOURNETTE A “GAME-TIME DECISION”
Running back Leonard Fournette will be a “game-time decision” for Saturday’s game against Missouri, Orgeron said.
“We don’t know, that’s up in the air right now,” Orgeron said of Fournette’s playing status. “Can say in all likelihood that he’ll try to play. It’ll be a game-time decision. But obviously, if it furthers any injury, we won’t play him.”
The All-American has been battling an ankle injury dating back to fall camp and limped off the field against Auburn. He didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday.