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LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton returns to practice Thursday

Tigers’ top corner was back on the field for the first time since November.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton rejoined the Tigers in Thursday’s practice for the first time since a season-ending ankle surgery that’s kept him sidelined since the tenth game of the 2018 season.

Fulton did not wear full pads with the rest of the defensive backs, but did participate in individual drills wearing shorts, a jersey and a helmet.

Fulton’s participation comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the 6-foot, 192-pounder was expected to miss spring practice in its entirety.

Despite missing three games, Fulton still finished third on the team with a total of 10 passes defensed, also racking up 25 tackles and an interception.

It’s still unclear as to if Fulton will be in action when LSU plays its spring game in Tiger Stadium on April 6.

The cornerback’s return is a welcomed one, given that LSU has four players out or limited this spring due to injuries.

On defense, the Tigers will be without defensive end Rashard Lawrence, who is still recovering from an offseason knee surgery. Starting inside linebacker Jacob Phillips is a participant, but won’t take part in contact drills until preseason camp.

On offense, offensive guard Chasen Hines and wideout Derrick Dillon will be out for the spring due to offseason operations.

Offensive tackle Cameron Wire, offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell, and third-team quarterback Andre Sale, running back Chris Curry, outside linebacker Ray Thornton, defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins and defensive end Neil Farrel were all missing Thursday as well.