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.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2017
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.