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Report – Jaguars RB Fournette expected to miss Colts game

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That ankle injury that knocked Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette out of the Rams game last week will apparently keep the rookie out of this week’s game against the Colts as well.

After missing two days of practice this week, Fournette is expected to be held out of Sunday’s AFC SoutHmatchup with the Colts at Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium, Ian Rapoport reported on twitter.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise as Fournette had vowed to play on Thursday, but it is believed the Jaguars are trying to be cautious with Fournette, who would benefit from getting this week and next week’s bye week off.

Fournette has run the ball 130 times for 596 yards and ranks second in the NFL in rushing. He has accounted for 36.4-percent of the Jaguars offense this year.

If Fournette does indeed miss Sunday’s game, the Jaguars would likely lean on Chris Ivory as their lead back in a game in which their passing attack may have to come to life for the Jaguars to win. Jacksonville can also turn to former second round pick T.J. Yeldon, who has battled a hamstring injury, but is now healthy.

The Colts will go into this game ranked 30th in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 295.8 yards per game. They’ve also allowed a league-high 34 passes of 20 yards or more.

That could make for an interesting matchup against the Jaguars, who have leaned largely on their running game this year and have struggled mostly to throw the throw the ball downfield.

The Jags will go into this game ranked 29th overall in passing (169.7 yards per game), but their biggest problem is their inability to make explosive plays.

Through five games only 23 of quarterback Blake Bortles’ 97 completions (21.6-percent) have gone for 16 yards or more. That mark may have to improve without Fournette to anchor the attack.
Ivory has run the ball 40 times for 162 yards in what has been a limited running role so far this year but he has caught 16 passes, third most on the team, for 143 yards.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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