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What’s the truth about whether Leonard Fournette is playing Sunday?

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Sitting out the third straight day of Jaguars practice with a quadriceps injury would indicate that RB Leonard Fournette is doubtful, if not out, for the Jaguars big game with Houston Sunday.

However, after Friday’s practice, it’s apparently still a small possibility that the Jaguars and coach Doug Marrone, are just being overly cautious/resting Fournette. And, they possibly intend on letting him at least try to play Sunday.

This after a Friday evening report from the NFL Network’s top insider, Ian Rapoport, found out more about the situation:

As Rapoport says, the Jags went ahead and listed Fournette as “questionable” for the Texans game, because they believe that resting his thigh bruise may have him ready by Sunday.

But, we at F.F.I. remember earlier in the year, when the rookie running back suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Rams loss. All week, he proclaimed that he would play the next game. All week Marrone said that Fournette was doing everything he could to be able to be out there.

As it turns out, the Jaguars never had any intention of having Fournette suit up in Indianapolis, because they admitted as such, after they left him inactive for the game. Jacksonville had a bye week the following week and had decided the best thing for the ankle was to rest it for two full weeks.

Fournette has still battled the ankle on and off, since that Rams game. He does have two 100 yard games, including last week’s 101 yards against Seattle in the Jags crucial win. However, he also has three games with 33, 25, and 57 yards. So, it’s also been inconsistent with his production on the ground since the injury.

This brings us back to Sunday. Do the Jags believe with Houston struggling, that they can win without Fournette? Maybe.

Then again, as we wrote earlier in the week, with everyone believing this is almost a guarantee victory, Jacksonville should be wary of a “trap” game.

So will they suit Fournette up and try to give him some carries. We’ll call that “slightly possible.”

We know if you are in your Fantasy Football Playoffs, and own Fournette, that this is maddening to figure out what to do.

Just be on the alert that Marrone and Co. could be doing exactly what they did before: intending all alone to rest the prized runner for the final two games and the possible post-season afterwards.

What’s the truth? We find out Sunday.

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