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After missing Thursday’s practice, will Leonard Fournette play vs. Texans?

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Reinhold Matay)

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of a serious playoff push, however at least on the offensive side of the ball they are quite a bit hobbled. Rookie RB Leonard Fournette did not practice on Thursday leaving his status in question against the Texans on Sunday.

Fournette has been dealing with an ankle injury all season which has made his availability at times up in the air. On Thursday he was held out of practice again, but this time it was a quad injury that has been holding him out according to numerous sources from the team via Pro Football Talk: 

Fournette did not practice on Wednesday because of a quad injury and, per multiple reports from Jacksonville, he remained off the field during the open portion of Thursday’s session as well. Fournette missed one game with an ankle injury earlier this year and he also got benched for a week for a violation of team rules.

Last week Fournette has a strong game in their impressive win over the Seattle Seahawks rushing for 101 yards on 21 carries which included a TD. Now he may be held out or at least limited all together on Friday for treatment on that quad so he’s available on Sunday.

As of right now T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory have been receiving most of the reps in practice ready to go in case Fournette won’t be ready.

The game against Houston is a big one for the Jags, as they currently stand at 9-4 in sole possession of first place in the AFC South. A win against the Texans clinches a playoff spot and would be huge for them, as they are pushing for a potential first round bye for the playoffs.

Obviously having a healthy Fournette is going to be very important for the Jags offense, and they likely are just being cautious with their star rookie RB. Either way seeing the injury report Sunday AM is going to be something both the Jags and Texans will be looking at intently.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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