LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) looks to the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter against Auburn, Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Auburn University's Jordan-Hare Stadium, Pat Dye Field in Auburn, Al. ORG XMIT: BAT1609242112383449

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Leonard Fournette's ankle is "doing fine," and it's not affecting his training for the NFL draft, he told for a story published Friday.


LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) carries in the first half against Mississippi State, Saturday, September 17, 2016, at LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

Fournette, the former LSU star running back from New Orleans, had planned to rehabilitate the ankle before beginning training for the NFL combine and LSU's pro day. He's expected to participate in both. 

"My ankle is doing fine. It’s not affecting my training," he said. "I had a high- and low-ankle sprain and a bone bruise in the fall during (camp), before the season, and like the doctor said, if I would have stayed out a couple more weeks following the beginning of the season, my ankle would have been healed properly in time. All it needed was time. The doc's rehab has been good, and I’m doing fine."

Fournette, projected as a top-15 draft pick, injured the ankle when linebacker Donnie Alexander fell on his leg during a carry up the middle in the second week of preseason camp. He re-injured the ankle in the season opener against Wisconsin and again in both the games at Auburn and Arkansas. 

He was not supposed to play in the game against Florida on Nov. 19, but he encouraged coach Ed Orgeron to let him play after a pregame scuffle with the Gators. 

Fournette signed with an agent two weeks before the Tigers' win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl, giving up his amateurism. 

Fournette and representatives from his agency, Roc Nation Sports, have not returned messages from The Advocate seeking an interview. He answered three questions from

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