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LSU running back Leonard Fournette walks, without a boot, through the parking lot Thursday after practicing with the Tigers. 

Leonard Fournette returned to practice Thursday.

What he did there, remains unclear. 

Fournette went “full throttle,” said one player, and he was the “same Leonard,” said another. But LSU’s star running back offered a cryptic message to reporters Thursday about his status, and ESPN reported that Fournette practiced in a “limited capacity.”

Fournette has missed practice since spraining his ankle during a scrimmage last Tuesday. Coach Les Miles classified the sprain as “slight,” and Fournette said last Thursday that he’ll play in the season opener against Wisconsin on Sept. 3. The coach announced two days ago that Fournette should return to practice Thursday and that he was out of his walking boot and was running.

The 230-pound junior was seen leaving the Tigers’ team facility Thursday afternoon as practice — closed to media members — wrapped up in the indoor building.

“I’ll be back,” he told reporters as he walked without issue — or boot — through the parking lot.

Fournette, a Heisman Trophy favorite and New Orleans native who shattered school records last season, has not been made available to local media during the first three weeks of preseason camp.

“Same Leonard,” starting guard Will Clapp said when asked about Fournette practicing. “The type of injury he had, (it) really doesn’t look like he had a step back. He was able to cut and do everything he’s been able to do.”

Defensive back Tre’Davious White said Fournette went “full throttle” in practice Thursday, and offensive tackle Toby Weathersby confirmed that Fournette practiced in full pads.

"He actually was out here today," Weathersby said. "Like I say, he's been handling his business, rehab-wise. If the Lord stays the same, he's going to be ready."

Miles was not available to reporters after practice.

James Bewers contributed to this report.

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