Leonard Fournette looked good early in the Jaguars' season-opening win over the Giants in New York, but the star running back suffered a hamstring injury and was forced to sit for most of the contest.
Will Fournette be playing this weekend? Here is the latest injury update for the star tailback.
Fournette, who entered the 2018 season with major expectations, is still dealing with a minor hamstring strain. He's not expected to practice today.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone says the team continues to plan to take Fournette and his injury day by day. We'll see where things stand come Sunday afternoon.
"We're just going to give it some time and see where we are and when it's time we'll start testing it," Marrone said.
The bruising back went down in the first half of the Jaguars' 20-15 win against the Giants last week. Fournette carried the ball 14 times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards before exiting in the second quarter.
He was primarily relieved by T.J. Yeldon, who finished with 51 yards. The Jaguars' offense scored on three of their first four possessions with Fournette but was shut out in the second half. Yeldon and Fournette are built similarly but Jacksonville has set its hopes on the latter blossoming into one of the league's premier backs after selecting him No. 4 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Patriots slowed Fournette last January to the tune of 3.2 yards per carry over the course of 24 handoffs.
Fournette had told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he plans on playing on Sunday against the Patriots. He reportedly also said that he could've re-entered the game against the Giants, but was being cautious.
"Leonard Fournette told me repeatedly off camera too that he feels his hamstring is “good” and that he felt he could’ve come back in the game. Stayed out because 'they were being cautious' he said," she tweeted.
Fournette not being able to play would be a major blow for the Jaguars as they host the Patriots. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS.