After missing the game against the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette returned to practice on Wednesday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars had running back Leonard Fournette back at practice on Wednesday after missing the team’s first home game of the season against the New England Patriots. The second-year star from LSU gives the team a boost on offense as the team prepares for this Sunday’s contest against AFC South rival, the Tennessee Titans.
Fournette missed the second half of the first game of the season against the New York Giants because he heard a “pop” in his hamstring. The injury was originally regarded as “minor” but it kept him on the sideline in the 31-20 victory.
Fournette ran nine times for 41 yards in the opener before leaving the game with the injury.
In a corresponding story, running back T.J. Yeldon missed practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury.
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The Jaguars could use Fournette in the offense to help a running game that has not been as dominant as it was last season. Jacksonville led the NFL in rushing yards per game last season. As a rookie, he ran for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. Yeldon has led the team in rushing the first two games of this season.
The Titans proved to be a tough opponent for Fournette last season. In the first contest, a 37-16 loss, he gained 40 yards on 14 carries. In the last game of the 2017 regular season, another loss, he ran for 69 yards.
"Per the Jaguars game release, Jacksonville started 2-0 for the first time since the 2006 season, and just the sixth time in franchise history. The Jaguars’ seven-game home winning streak, which spans from Nov. 5, 2017 – Sept. 16, 2018, is the second-longest in franchise history (13 consecutive home wins from Sept. 29, 1996 – Nov. 13, 1997)."
The Jaguars are the Titans longest-standing division rival. The two teams have played each other twice in the regular season since Jacksonville joined the league in 1995.