LSU practice

The sun set during the portion of practice Tuesday opened to media members.

Leonard Fournette's bum ankle looks just fine.

LSU's star junior running back participated in drills with his teammates during the portion of Tuesday's practice that was open to reporters. He ran through several drills with no issues, shuffling his feet and barreling through dummies.

Fournette re-injured his sprained left ankle in the win at Arkansas last week and did not play in the fourth quarter. Before practice Tuesday, Fournette told reporters that the low and high ankle sprain he suffered during preseason camp have not fully healed. 

He said he will play in what's expected to be his last home game on Saturday against Florida. 

Other observations

  • Absent: Center Ethan Pocic, receiver Travin Dural and outside linebacker Tashawn Bower missed practice Tuesday. Dural watched practice without pads. Dural and Pocic spoke to reporters earlier Tuesday. Seriously injured players do not normally speak to the media. The staff could be just resting the duo. 
  • Limited: Several played donned gold jerseys Tuesday. They signify limited contact and are normally reserved for players nursing injuries. That group included DE Lewis Neal (shoulder), OT K.J. Malone (ankle), OL Josh Boutte and OLB/DE Arden Key. Neal appeared to injure his shoulder in the second series of the game against Arkansas, and he did not play again. Meanwhile, CB Kevin Toliver, who did not play against Arkansas as he nurses an injury, did not wear a gold jersey Tuesday.
  • Right tackle: Maea Teuhema served as LSU's right tackle during a handful of drills that reporters were allowed to watch Tuesday. The position has been in a state of flux with Teuhema and Toby Weathersby alternating. 
  • Mid-practice injury: Safety John Battle injured himself during a drill in practice and walked off the field gingerly. He did not return to practice before the open portion of drills closed. Xavier Lewis replaced him in the rotation. Speaking of the secondary, Dwayne Thomas continues to serve as LSU's nickelback, with Tre White and Donte Jackson as wide cornerbacks.


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