LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s status is uncertain for Saturday’s game against Missouri because of a lingering ankle injury.
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Fournette Will Be Game-Time Decision vs. Mizzou
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Andrew Lopez of the Times-Picayune reported Tuesday that the star back didn’t participate in practice and wasn’t seen at all during the session. Jim Kleinpeter of the Times-Picayune noted that Fournette appeared to reinjure his ankle during the team’s loss to Auburn on Saturday.
Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee passed along an update from interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who stated a final decision about Fournette’s availability will likely come Saturday. Orgeron also said the team’s biggest weapon, who has 386 rushing yards and two touchdowns in three games, will try to play.
Fournette has proved to be one of the most dominant runners in college football when healthy. After totaling 1,034 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman, he exploded during his sophomore season for 1,953 rushing yards and 22 scores.
He added 253 receiving yards and a touchdown in his breakout year.
While he began his junior season with 138 rushing yards in a disappointing Week 1 loss to Wisconsin, he was forced to miss the next game against Jacksonville State with an ankle contusion he originally suffered during preseason practices.
The latest setback should have the Tigers even more concerned as they attempt to compete without their best offensive weapon.
Not only did Fournette enter the year as a Heisman Trophy contender because of his ability to dominate at the college level, but the 6’1″, 235-pound player is also considered one of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL draft. CBSSports.com lists him as the top running back and No. 8 overall player in the class.
Sophomore Derrius Guice will likely become the go-to option in the LSU backfield if Fournette is unable to play.
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