With a huge final two games looming, the Jaguars need all the able bodies that they can get to contribute and it appears veteran WR Allen Hurns will be back against the 49ers from a lengthy absence due an ankle sprain.
Hurns has practiced, albeit on a limited basis this week, but has said that he has made improvement towards being active. He is officially questionable after Friday’s practice for the game at San Francisco. The Jags need some good news since Marquise Lee was officially ruled out with his own ankle sprain suffered in the first half of the Texans game.
Back to Hurns. He has not played since the week 10 overtime win over the Chargers, where he had seven catches for 70 yards. He is a veteran presence in his fourth year, and as we wrote previously, the Jags are hoping to get key contributions, again, from youngsters Keelan Cole, DeDe Westbrook, and Jaydon Mickens this Sunday.
Still, QB Blake Bortles has made it work with the crew he has, and his QB rating, TD to INT ratio, etc. continues to reflect that.
However, you wonder, as the drama and importance of games builds, if not having significant veteran wide receiver targets, starts catching up to Jacksonville? Would this potentially be that week?
The Jaguars hope to run it early and effectively with Leonard Fournette back healthy from his quad bruise that kept him out the lineup for last Sunday’s playoff spot clinching win over Houston. Jags coach Doug Marrone confirmed Friday Fournette will play this week.
That run game will be important, on the road, to taking the pressure form Bortles and the pass game to succeed out West.
The Jaguars will also be at a slight advantage time wise on Sunday. Not playing until the 4:05 Eastern kickoff, means they will have a good idea or know for sure if Tennessee has lost to the Rams in Nashville. If Titans have lost, then the Jags will have clinched the South without having to do anything in California.
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