Leonard Fournette Injury: Updates on LSU Star's Ankle and Return

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 3:  Leonard Fournette #7 of the LSU Tigers runs with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field on September 3, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette hasn't played since Week 4 against Auburn because of an ankle injury. His official playing status for Week 8 against Ole Miss has yet to be announced.

Continue for updates.


Latest on Fournette's Practice Status

Wednesday, Oct. 19

LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron told reporters Fournette looked "full speed" during practice.


Latest on Fournette's Playing Status

Monday, Oct. 17

Orgeron told reporters he is planning for Fournette to play against Ole Miss.


Fournette's Role in LSU's Offense Can't Be Overstated

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 for 1,953 rushing yards and 23 total scores during his sophomore season.

He added 253 receiving yards 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. 6 overall player in the class.

Sophomore Derrius Guice has been the go-to option in the LSU backfield with Fournette out.

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