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LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) on the sidelines against Missouri in the second half, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 42-7.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Running back Leonard Fournette is "day by day," coach Ed Orgeron said, and he's unsure if LSU's star tailback will play at Florida.

"I don't know if he's going to play," Orgeron said. "Day by day. Don't know if he's going to practice today."

Orgeron backed away from comments he made Sunday to ESPN, saying that Fournette is expected back for the game against the Gators (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern). LSU (3-2, 2-1) and Florida meet at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Fournette did not dress out against Missouri last week while nursing a lingering left ankle injury. He sprained his left ankle during preseason camp, re-injured it in the Sept. 3 season opener against Wisconsin and appeared to injure it again last week at Auburn on LSU's final drive. Fournette did not practice last week, Orgeron said.

Fournette missed the Sept. 10 game against Jacksonville State because of the injury. LSU ran for 418 yards without him, the most in a game since 1996. It got 163 yards from Derrius Guice and 131 from Darrel Williams. The Tigers averaged 8 yards a carry.

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