A lingering injury for one of the most talented running backs in the country will continue to, well, linger.
Tuesday, Ed Orgeron listed Leonard Fournette as “questionable” for LSU’s game Saturday against Southern Miss. A day later, the interim head coach all but ruled the running back out for the second straight game and third contest this season.
“I don’t think he’s going to play,” Orgeron said on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday morning. “Hasn’t practiced [all week]. I would not expect him to be ready this Saturday. …
“He’s just not ready. It’s taking a little longer than we thought. I’m sure if he’d be ready, he’d be playing. He’s not ready to even practice right now.”
The All-American initially injured the ankle during a mid-August summer camp practice; then aggravated it against Wisconsin in the opener; sat out the Week 2 game against an FCS foe; and then aggravated it again in Week 4 against Auburn before sitting for Missouri the following Saturday.
Fournette also missed the Week 2 game against FCS Jacksonville State because of the injury.
Shouldering most of the running-game load in place of Fournette, Derrius Guice ran for a career-high 163 yards in the Week 5 win over Mizzou. The sophomore now leads the Tigers in rushing with 402 yards, four rushing touchdowns and 8.7 yards per carry. Fournette’s currently at 386-2-5.8 in three full games.
Obviously, whether Fournette will be healthy enough to resume his workload Oct. 22 vs. Ole Miss remains to be seen.