Sources: MRI on LB Kendell Beckwith’s knee returns negative

Kendell Beckwith, left, listens to new DC Dave Aranda.

Kendell Beckwith, left, listens to new DC Dave Aranda.

An MRI on LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith’s knee returned negative results, a source told The Advocate on Friday afternoon, and the senior is believed to have only twisted the knee.

Beckwith suffered the knee injury at practice Thursday and needed to be helped off the field. The Advocate reported Thursday morning that LSU staff members believed the injury was minor and that they “think he’s fine.”

As a precautionary measure, Beckwith underwent an MRI. Beckwith is walking fine, but trainers might withhold him from practice in the coming week, a source said.

LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette declined comment when reached Friday. The school later confirmed, in a tweet, that Beckwith’s MRI was negative and that his knee “is fine.”

Beckwith injured the knee during live contact play, and practice was momentarily stopped while the senior linebacker lay on the ground. Trainers assisted him off the field.

Beckwith, a 250-pounder from Clinton, is poised to be the centerpiece of new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme. He returned for his senior season, bypassing on a potential third or second round NFL draft selection.

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