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By our headline alone, if you are a fan of the Jaguars and/or a fantasy owner of his, you may not want to read more on the injured hamstring and status of Leonard Fournette.

Then again, of course you do.

With Jags coach Doug Marrone already Wednesday ruling Fournette out again early in the week prior to Sunday’s game with the Cowboys, there is obviously concern about the re-injury of his right hamstring.

Fournette suffered the re-injury at some point in the second half after carrying the ball 10 times for 30 yards in the Jets home game two weeks ago.

Fournette hurt the hammy originally in week one at the Giants. And, the Jaguars had taken the risk of putting him back in the lineup after sitting him for the Patriots and Titans games, the previous two weeks. This as opposed to, waiting at least one more week to let it heal and then have him try to play in Kansas City last week.

So, that backfired on Jacksonville, and has cost Fournette at least two more games (Chiefs last week and now, Cowboys this week).

And we say “at least,” because we have a source that we’ll describe as “having knowledge of the Jaguars thinking” that says to us: because of the re-injury to the hamstring after only two games rest last time, and an upcoming trip to London to play the Eagles followed by a bye week, the Jags may consider sitting their top running back through the end of October.

Now, the source didn’t say this was definitive, because it’s gong to be contingent on Fournette being evaluated mid-next week, prior to the game with the Texans. However, if he’s not significantly better, then Fournette will likely be inactive for that game, as well.

Then becomes the question: would you fly him (along with the team) all the way to London for the game with the Eagles in hopes that he’s able to practice and play at Wembley Stadium vs. sitting Fournette for a fourth straight game, and getting the bye week?

Then, you would have Fournette’s hamstring on five weeks rest and rehab for the November 11th division road game at Indianapolis and beyond.

Again, we get that it’s drastic to think he would miss four straight games and six of seven total, but if we are talking possibly re-aggravation by playing against Houston or in London, then it’s basically a completely lost season at that point.

Another factor is: how well does newly signed veteran RB Jamaal Charles do starting with the this week and beyond in helping T.J. Yeldon share the load and possible success?

If that tandem does well, and the Jags beat the Cowboys, there’s less pressure to rush Fournette back, too.

Again, next week will be critical, but don’t be surprised is the Jaguars go “overly cautious” to have a fully healthy Fournette for November and December.

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Jaguars acquired RB Carlos Hyde from Browns Friday

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Desperate to kick-start their offense, the Jaguars continue to overhaul their banged-up backfield. On Friday, Jacksonville acquired running back Carlos Hyde from the Cleveland Browns.

Hyde, a former second-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers, had signed with the Browns in March on a three year $15.2 million deal. And, he had modest success in Cleveland’s first six games, with his best game coming in week 3 against the Jets where he ran for 98 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The Jaguars are parting with a fifth round draft pick in return for the former Ohio State Buckeyes star to give them a “shot in the arm” offensively.

We have well-documented that the Jaguars run game is undermanned and underwhelming. With Leonard Fournette still battling an injured hamstring and already ruled out for Sunday- meaning he will miss his fifth game in the last six, Coach Doug Marrone and staff are looking for answers on the ground.

A week ago in Dallas T.J. Yeldon had 8 carries for 41 yards and newly-acquired Jamaal Charles carried five times for just 5 yards. Yeldon has been limited in practice with a nagging ankle injury, and Charles is approaching 32 years of age and there is still concerned about how much he has left to offer.

With Hyde being acquired on Friday afternoon, he will be first be able to be active and able to help next week, when the Jaguars head to London to play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hyde is slated to make $5.5 million dollars on this year’s cap, including the prorated 3.5 million signing bonus in the deal he did with Cleveland. The Jaguars are now going to be responsible for a little more than half of that money with 10 games to go in the regular season.

As for their offense, it has registered just 21 points in the last two games- both blowout losses to the Chiefs and the Cowboys. And, off of three losses in four games, if the Jaguars don’t get something going quickly, it may not matter which running back is in the backfield for the stretch run.

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Jaguars coach Marrone offered little Thursday about possible turnaround

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It’s definitely “circle the wagons” time for the Jaguars after they’ve lost two straight and three of their last four games. The Jags are at home Sunday with division rival Houston and will try to put 60 minutes of football together to get back to their winning ways.

However, if you were looking Thursday for any insight, much less encouraging words, about possible improvement starting Sunday from head coach Doug Marrone, keep looking.

As is customary on Thursdays, Marrone was not made available to the media for a press conference, because  he talks extensively on his radio show that is simulcast on the Jags website.

But, not much was learned about improving the struggles during the 15 minutes or so of conversation with the internet hosts J.P. Shadrick and former Jags defensive star/analyst Jeff Lageman.

For example, Marrone was never asked about quarterback Blake Bortles, much less his recent struggles, and most importantly, what’s being done by offensive coordinator to Nate Hackett and quarterback coach Scott Milanovich to try to get the passing game back on track?

Likewise, Marrone was never asked about the Jaguars running game, with the problems that it has had with Leonard Fournette out of the lineup with his bad hamstring.

As we continue to monitor, Fournette did not practice at all again on Thursday and it appears the Jags are going to rest him for an extended period of time. This is out of concern to not re-injure the hamstring, like he did three weekends ago trying to play after two weeks of rest on the injured hammy against the Jets.

Still, you would have liked to of heard what have heard what Marrone thought of RB Jamaal Charles’ limited time and performance last week, how he’s looked in his second full week of practice and what the prospects are of him being able to help the Jaguars win this game with Houston?

Alas, there was nothing Thursday night.

The media will get one final opportunity in advance of the Texans game to talk to Marrone on Friday and see what the updates are on any of those subjects above?

In the meantime, we realize that most Jags fans are only concerned with whether the Jaguars are going to turn it around, get a victory and still maintain at least a tie for the lead in the division.

But the ones that were looking for reassurance from the head coach that it is going to turn around starting Sunday and how?

Well, they, like us, are still waiting.

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VIDEO- Jaguars trying to snap out of it leads our weekend preview

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College football is cranking up with two state teams undefeated still, and all three state NFL teams will host games this Sunday, too. Is Florida State over that collapse two weeks ago against Miami? Will the Jaguars rebound after two bad performances in K.C. and Dallas?

It won’t be easy as Jacksonville welcomes AFC South rival Houston, who has won three straight games themselves. Meanwhile, “Brock-tober” continues at QB in Miami and will the Buccaneers get well with the Browns coming to town?

Here are hosts, T.J. Rives and Todd Grasley to preview all of the in state action, college and NFL, on the latest edition of the F.F.I. preview:

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