Besides being beaten up at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday on the field in a 30 – 14 loss to the Chiefs, the Jaguars are also beaten up physically just five games into the season.
We already know that star running back Leonard Fournette has been battling a hamstring injury suffered in the week one win at the Giants. Fournette was inactive for the third time in four games this past week. More on his status and a moment.
There is other significant injury news that is troubling for the Jaguars and their depth.
First, backup running back Corey Grant suffered a foot injury and is apparently done for the season and being placed on IR. Grant’s injury during the game meant that T.J. Yeldon (above) saw the field for 77 of Jacksonville’s 83 plays on Sunday.
At his midday Monday press conference, Coach Doug Marrone addressed trying to find a healthy backup running back and also the amount of playing time for Yeldon on Sunday:
Head Coach Doug Marrone meets the media as the Jaguars prepare for week six of the 2018 regular season. https://t.co/nHyKwYsWPM
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“I will defer to Dave (GM Caldwell) and Coach (VP of Football, Tom) Coughlin and the guys that they bring to us,” Marrone told the media about possible running back replacements being worked out this week. He means a free agent from a workout probably going on today and tomorrow.
As for Yeldon’s workload, Marrone said that his ability to pass block combined with Grant’s injury made it necessary to keep him in for as much as they chose to do so.
And the bad news continued, this time with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has been ailing with a core muscle injury and will also go on IR. There is slight hope that Seferian-Jenkins will be able to return in December off of injured reserve.
Likewise, the foot injury that has plagued offensive guard Andrew Norwell is once again an issue. Norwell was seen walking in the Jaguars locker room post-game in a walking boot. Marrone quickly brushed that aside with the media Monday saying that Norwell “should be fine” moving forward.
The Jaguars boss was asked specifically about whether Fournette would be already ruled out for the upcoming Sunday game with the Cowboys Sunday in Dallas? And, he quickly replied that he is still optimistic and would give a further update on Wednesday for the second year running back from LSU, as well as defensive back D.J. Hayden who was also inactive due to injury Sunday.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, however, shot that down quickly, later on Monday afternoon
#Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is, in fact, going to miss Sunday’s game against the #Cowboys with a hamstring injury, sources say. Not a surprise, it was headed that way. So he’s out two in a row after his setback.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 8, 2018
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