LRN Sportscast 16:45 August 19

LSU starting safety Jalen Mills went down with an injury during this morning’s practice. Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette would not confirm any specifics, but multiple media outlets say the Texas native will miss four to six weeks with a leg injury. If that’s the case, Mills could miss the season opener against McNeese State and the SEC opener at Mississippi State. His injury means that Rickey Jefferson will likely replace Mills in the starting line-up.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has told ESPN reporter Britt McHenry that he expects that safety Jairus Byrd will return to the field before the preseason is over. Byrd has been on the physically unable to perform list. Payton also confirmed an earlier report that running back CJ Spiller will be ready for the season opener.

And the Jets made it official today by announcing the signing of former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn. But Flynn has an ankle injury that will sideline him one week.

McNeese State officials say a new video board inside Cowboy Stadium will be in place by August 28th. The state of the art board will include full LED lighting, high definition video display that will feature in-game replays. And the new video board will be a tad bit larger than the old board.

The ESPN 30 for 30 short film on former Northwestern State two-sport All-American Joe Delaney is now available for on-demand access through and The film tells the story of Delany, who died in 1983 while trying to resuce three drowning children.

LSU baseball players have returned from summer leagues. Junior outfielder Jake Fraley hit .302 in the wooden-bat Cape Cod League. Sophomore right-hander Jake Godfrey had a 2.41 ERA, while Hunter Newman had a 2.11 ERA out of the bullpen.

The LSU men’s basketball team takes on the Melbourne United team in a contest that will begin at 4:30 AM Louisiana time on Thursday morning.