Sources: Fournette unlikely to play, but not final
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is unlikely to play Sunday against the New England Patriots due to a strained hamstring, but no decision is final yet, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Fournette, who did not practice all week, has made improvement since injuring the hamstring last Sunday, but the team knows it would be a risk to play him.
The Jaguars say they have a “good game plan” to limit Rob Gronkowski, who had seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the opener.
Jacksonville emerged from a painful AFC title game loss determined to develop a rushing attack that can close games no matter what the defense does.
Fournette was hurt — he said he felt the hamstring pop when he planted his right leg — when he caught a screen pass for no gain on third-and-long late in the first half of Jacksonville’s Week 1 victory over the New York Giants.
He had nine carries for 41 yards and three catches for 14 yards against the Giants before the injury.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Friday that if Fournette plays, his snaps will not be limited.