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LSU coach says Fournette couldn’t play in bowl game due to ankle injury

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A discrepancy has emerged regarding Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette’s decision to skip the Citrus Bowl.

Fournette said in January that coach Ed Orgeron made the decision that Fournette wouldn’t play. Orgeron said Monday that it wasn’t his decision.

“That last game, going into the bowl, Leonard could not play. Leonard came to me in tears. He said, ‘Coach, I can’t go, I can’t play,'” Orgeron said Monday at the SEC Media Days, via NFL.com. “I said, ‘Leonard, I understand, we will not put you in jeopardy, son, don’t worry about it. I will tell the media.’ Things you heard that he may have skipped the game or whatever, that has nothing to do with anything. In fact, against Florida, he didn’t practice all weekend. He wasn’t supposed to play. He tried to play. He wanted to play.”

Here’s Fournette’s version, from early February: “My coach brought me into the office. He told me, ‘You have a lot on the line.’ He didn’t want me to play. I cried like a baby. It was hard for me. That was my first time not really traveling with the team and I couldn’t play in a game with my brothers. I’m going to miss them.”

So Orgeron says Fournette couldn’t play, and Fournette say Orgeron wouldn’t let him. None of it changes the fact that he missed the game and still went fourth overall in the draft. Thus, none of it changes that fact that every elite player, healthy or not, should make a business decision as to whether he’ll play in one last game that is essentially, for most teams, a meaningless exhibition contest.

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8 Responses to “LSU coach says Fournette couldn’t play in bowl game due to ankle injury”
  1. LakefrontLegend says: Jul 10, 2017 11:17 PM

    Regardless of how it went d0wn, the right decision was made

  2. xlivsaints says: Jul 10, 2017 11:42 PM

    Coach Yaw Yaw is lying.

  3. ak185 says: Jul 11, 2017 12:02 AM

    “Thus, none of it changes that fact that every elite player, healthy or not, should make a business decision as to whether he’ll play in one last game that is essentially, for most teams, a meaningless exhibition contest.”

    At some point, people will have to be reminded that this game was once played for people to enjoy watching. Or playing. This is not directed at Fournette, it’s in response to the above statement.

  4. r8drrevenge says: Jul 11, 2017 12:49 AM

    You have a snakebite.
    You have been afflicted with dysentery.
    You have typhoid.

    Sincerely, The Orgeron Trail.

    PS: You need to buy supplies.

  5. SidFarkus says: Jul 11, 2017 5:00 AM

    Water under the bridge

  6. patfic5 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:08 AM

    Guice was the better of the 2 anyway.

  7. redlikethepig says: Jul 11, 2017 10:04 AM

    He refutes the allegation that he was smart enough to not risk his future by playing in this meaningless game.

  8. jags2daship says: Jul 12, 2017 10:32 AM

    Its time to win some NFL games now. TOUCHDOWN !!!!!!!!!!!

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