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.
Head Coach Doug Marrone meets the media prior to today's practice. https://t.co/3uU0NCpsRC
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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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