BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Ryan Perrilloux's off-field troubles have taken him out of LSU's quarterback rotation again -- this time for at least a week.
Coach Les Miles says Perrilloux and reserve linebacker Derrick Odom are being punished for their involvement in a nightclub brawl over the weekend.
They sat out practice today while the third-ranked Tigers prepared for a highly anticipated showdown against former coach Nick Saban at Number 17 Alabama, and Miles said he didn't expect the two to play on Saturday.
Miles says they will prepare to play without them.
That had to be good news for Saban, who apparently no longer has to concern himself with the option threat Perrilloux has posed this season when Miles has subbed him for starter Matt Flynn.
Miles said backup quarterbacks Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee could play Perrilloux's role.
Regardless, it's bad timing for Miles, who needs to beat Alabama (6-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) to give LSU (7-1, 4-1) the inside track to win the SEC West.
As for Perrilloux and Odom, missing what may be one of the biggest games of the year should be the least of their worries. Both players' status on the team had already been threatened by troubles with the law.
Miles suspended Perrilloux for three months this year after police cited the 20-year-old for using his older brother's ID card to get into a Baton Rouge casino, where the minimum age of admission is 21. Perrilloux has also been listed as a "person of interest" in a federal counterfeiting probe.
Miles suspended Odom for three weeks in August, after the linebacker was arrested after allegedly damaging another student's vehicle and threatening the student.
No one was arrested in the fight early Friday near campus.
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