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Reports- Fournette will test hamstring-try to play Sunday

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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Will he try it? It appears that Leonard Fournette will test his injured right hamstring Sunday and then, attempt to play against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that Fournette was at least ready to try to contribute this week:

Further, Fournette had cryptically tweeted himself Saturday morning that he would be “happy to be back” for Sunday’s game with the Jets. He quickly deleted the tweet, probably, after someone connected to coach Doug Marrone instructed him to do so.

This is the third week of therapy and rehab on the second year back’s hamstring that was injured in the week one win against the Giants. And, even after not being active for the two games with the Patriots and last Sunday with the Titans, the fact that he’s not able to practice Wednesday or Thursday was a concern.

Now, Fournette did practice during the lighter Friday workout, and the Jaguars and coach Doug Marrone could be playing some “cat and mouse” games with their injury report and with the opponent.

Jacksonville will also have T.J. Yeldon as an option this week, despite a nagging ankle injury of his own. Yeldon played solidly with seven carries for 44 yards and six catches for 43 yards in the Jags 9-6 defensive struggle defeat to the Titans Sunday. Yeldon is still listed as questionable with the sprained ankle for Sunday.

However, he doesn’t possess the same burst and game breaking capability that Fournette does. The Jaguars have also used veteran running back Corey Grant as their backup to Yeldon the last two weeks.  Though he was ineffective with just 11 yards on six carries against Tennessee.

While the Jaguars excelled against the Patriots, as QB Blake Bortles threw four touchdowns in a 31-20 win, the offense was sluggish and they could not find the endzone and punted eight times against Tennessee last week.

Needless to say, if he is playing, Fournette may provide a spark on the road they are looking for Sunday.

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