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LSU Running Back Leonard Fournette Skips Bowl Game For Draft Prep

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Nursing an ankle injury, LSU running back and potential first-round pick Leonard Fournette has decided to skip the team’s Citrus Bowl game in Orlando, Florida against the Louisville Cardinals to get ready for the NFL Draft.

LSU doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings about his decision based on head coach Ed Orgeron’s tweet– but this opens up a different possibility– Will more potential top prospects skip these meaningless exhibitions to stay healthy for their future?

All you have to do is look back to Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith and remember his brutal injury he suffered against Ohio State.  The Irish lost the game and he dropped to the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and has missed his entire rookie season.

Fournette’s decision is obviously the right move for him, it will be interesting if more players follow suit.


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Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.