Leonard Fournette is injured heading into the second week of the 2018 NFL regular season. Here is the latest on the Jacksonville Jaguars' star running back heading into this afternoon's game against the New England Patriots.
Fournette, a former first-round pick, had to leave last Sunday's game against the New York Giants with a hamstring injury. He said after that game that he planned on playing against the Patriots today, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Jaguars are not optimistic that Fournette will be playing against New England this afternoon.
"There is a long time to go before game time, but the Jaguars are not optimistic that star RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will play vs. the Patriots, sources say. Not a surprise, he didn’t practice all week and they did promote Brandon Wilds from the practice squad," he reports.
The Jaguars made a roster move on Saturday night that backs this up. Jacksonville activated a running back from its practice squad.
"This is one to watch: The Jaguars activated RB Brandon Wilds from practice squad, I’m told. Not good news for RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring)," Rapoport tweeted.
Fournette had 41 yards on nine carries before leaving the game with the injury. He was replaced by T.J. Yeldon, who totaled 51 yards on 14 carries, and caught three balls for 18 yards and a touchdown.
Jacksonville and New England are set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS.