LSU LB Michael Divinity Leaves the Team for Personal Reasons


LSU starting linebacker Michael Divinity has left the team for personal reasons, coach Ed Orgeron confirmed on Monday. 

While speaking during his weekly press conference, Orgeron did not rule out Divinity possibly returning to the team in the future.

"We're not going to close the door on that," he said. "But we'll see."

The Athletic's Brody Miller was first to report on Divinity's split with the program. According to Miller, Divinity's nameplate has already been removed from his locker.

Orgeron said backup linebackers Andre Anthony and Ray Thornton will see more playing time in Divinity's absence, adding, "We should be fine."

Last week, Orgeron said junior defensive lineman Justin Thomas is no longer on the team due to personal reasons but can return to the Tigers in the spring. Thomas is reportedly off the team following a discipline issue.

Both Thomas and Divinity have been moved to reserve roles, and LSU will face rival Alabama on Saturday without two of its best pass rushers.

Divinity earned a starting job last season and took on a greater role at outside linebacker after K'Lavon Chaisson tore his ACL in the season opener against Miami. He moved to inside linebacker at the start of this season but missed games this year against Georgia Southern and Northwestern State due to "coach's [decisions]." After suffering an injury, Divinity missed a contest against Utah State and it was unclear what if the injury or another issue were the reason for his absence.

In five games this season, Divinity led the Tigers with three sacks and also recorded four tackles for a loss.

No. 2 Alabama will host No. 1 LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.