Jaguars Leonard Fournette expected back for Colts game
By David Levin
After dealing with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the majority of the first half of the season, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is expected to play against the Indianapolis Colts.
He’s baaaack! Well, not just yet. But according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com and other sources, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is expected to play next Sunday when the team travels to play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10.
The news of the potential of Fournette playing in only his third game of the season should give the team’s offense a jump start after a four-game losing streak has taken a huge bite out of Jacksonville’s playoff chances.
"“Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, who is missing his fourth straight game Sunday [last week] and has yet to complete any game this season because of hamstring injuries, is expected to return after Jacksonville’s Nov. 4 bye, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN,” Schefter wrote on Oct. 28."
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The former LSU star and first-round draft pick has had a history of injuries since joining the team last season. Fournette was the second rookie running back in team history to rush for 1,000 yards last season with 1,040 yards.
Without Fournette and a struggling offensive line, the running game has taken a beating. After leading the NFL in rushing last season with over 141 yards a game, they are now 25th in the league with 95 yards per outing.
The Jaguars have tried to move forward with T.J Yeldon as the lead running back in Fournette’s absence and have added former Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde, who got his first touches as a Jaguar in London against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Per Schefter, the idea of having solid running backs to use in the offensive game plan the second half of the season is something the Jaguars coaching staff thinking things could be looking up.
"“Jacksonville envisions both Fournette and Hyde getting work once Fournette returns to the lineup. Fournette injured his hamstring late in the first half of the season opener against the Giants and missed the next two games,” Schefter wrote. “He returned in Week 4 against the Jets but aggravated the injury late in the first half and hasn’t practiced since.”"
The Jaguars have not used the running game effectively, which has led to the use of the passing game more this season. While the team has fallen behind quite often the past four games (all losses) quarterback Blake Bortles has had to throw more to move the football down field.