Ed Orgeron reasserted Thursday that he does not expect record-setting edge rusher Arden Key to play in LSU's season opener against BYU on Sept. 2.

"Nah, I don’t think so," he said when asked. "I’m not sure, but I’m not expecting it. But nothing that dude does surprises me. He’s going to go to his doctor next week and we should know pretty soon when he’s going to play."

Key, recovering from May shoulder surgery, was an All-American as a sophomore last season and set the school record with 12 sacks. The uncertainty surrounding his playing status is nothing new. Orgeron has spent much of the summer saying that Key could miss early-season games.

Key, who some project to be a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL draft, had a drama-filled offseason. He missed spring practice after taking a leave of absence for personal reasons, and he underwent left shoulder surgery in May.

He's practiced with LSU in a limited role since camp started July 31. He's not been cleared for contact, but he wore pads during Thursday's practice, Orgeron said.