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LSU's Leonard Fournette game-time decision with ankle injury

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette's status for Saturday's game against Missouri is "up in the air right now," according to Tigers interim coach Ed Orgeron.

Still hobbled by a gimpy ankle, Fournette did not participate in the open practice periods on Monday and Tuesday. Orgeron said it will be a game-time decision whether he takes the field against Missouri (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC).

"I can say in all likelihood that he'll try to play," said Orgeron, who took over as LSU's interim coach when the school dismissed Les Miles on Sunday. "It'll be a game-time decision. But obviously if it furthers any injury, we won't play him."

Fournette injured the ankle in a scrimmage midway through preseason practice and seemed to reinjure it late in the fourth quarter of a season-opening loss to Wisconsin. He sat out the next week's game against Jacksonville State and showed visible signs that the ankle is still an issue in the two games since.

Fournette still managed to rush for more than 100 yards in both games -- against Mississippi State and Auburn -- and leads the SEC with an average of 128.7 rushing yards per game.

If Fournette is unable to play against Missouri, sophomore Derrius Guice will likely handle a larger workload. Guice rushed for 155 yards in Fournette's absence against Jacksonville State and ran three times for 62 yards in last Saturday's 18-13 loss to Auburn.