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LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) on the sidelines in the first half against Florida, Saturday, November 19, 2016, at LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith will be out for Thursday night’s game against No. 22 Texas A&M, while running back Leonard Fournette is a game-time decision, Tigers interim coach Ed Orgeron said Monday.

“Kendell is going to be out,” Orgeron said. “(Leonard) should be fine. Leonard’s day-to-day with that ankle. Obviously, it’s sore and stuff like that. But we’ll see. It will be a game-time situation again. See if he can practice and do the things that he can tolerate.”

Beckwith, who was named a finalist for the Butkus Award on Monday morning, injured his left knee at the end of the first quarter during a 16-10 loss to No. 13 Florida and did not return. He was replaced by Donnie Alexander.

With Beckwith on the field, the Gators rushed for 20 yards on nine carries. Without him, Florida registered 106 yards on 26 carries. The Gators (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) chewed more than seven minutes off the clock on a fourth-quarter field goal drive that gave them a 13-10 lead.

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The Gators ran it 13 times on the drive for 57 yards. Of those 57, 53 came after contact, and LSU missed 6 tackles on that drive. The No. 25 Tigers (6-4, 4-3) missed 13 total for the game.

Beckwith is second in the SEC in tackles with 91.

Fournette, who was not expected to play against Florida due to a lingering left ankle injury, suited up after a pregame scuffle between Florida and LSU players. "SEC Nation," the SEC Network pregame show that aired live Saturday from Baton Rouge, reported shortly after the scuffle that Fournette asked Orgeron if he could dress out.

Fournette, who has missed three games this season, did not start against Florida but ended up playing 20 snaps and rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries. He did not play at all in the fourth quarter.

Derrius Guice — Fournette’s backup who leads the team in rushing — recorded 83 yards on the ground and a touchdown against Florida, but he was stuffed on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to end the game.

On the season, Fournette has rushed for 843 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Ross Dellenger contributed to this report.