BATON ROUGE, La. — The most obvious absentee from the LSU practice field Tuesday afternoon was running back Derrius Guice.
According to coach Ed Orgeron, Guice was absent due to “a swollen ankle” and getting routine rest.
“It’s just a swollen ankle from the scrimmage,” Orgeron said. “Nothing bad.”
Guice is the top weapon returning to LSU’s offense in 2017. The junior-to-be rushed for 1,387 yards on 183 carries as he split time with Leonard Fournette.
Guice cracked the 250-yard barrier twice last season. He ran for 252 yards at Arkansas, including an LSU record 96-yard touchdown. He then broke the single-game school record — set earlier in the year by Fournette against Ole Miss — with 285 yards at Texas A&M.
Guice was among a handful of players who sat out Tuesday’s practice.
Outside linebacker Sci Martin, cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams and tight end Jamal Pettigrew were also absent, while defensive end Christian LaCouture did not participate in drills.
The Tigers are still awaiting medical results from an injury that Martin sustained during Saturday’s scrimmage. The same goes for Pettigrew, who is dealing with recurring ankle issues. Orgeron said that Williams’ injury, like Guice’s, is minor.