Fournette ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries while adding 13 yards on two catches during Sunday's 24-20 loss in New England. Fournette put the Jaguars up by 11 in the second quarter when he bulldozed up the middle through New England's front for a four-yard score. His impact from then on was minimal as the Patriots focused on taking away the run game and forcing Blake Bortles to throw the ball in disadvantageous downs and distances. The formula worked. Fournette is an athletic freak who saw a whopping 23.4 touches per game in the regular season and another 25.7 in the playoffs. His failure to average four yards per carry can be attributed, in large part, to the ability of opposing defenses to key on him with Jacksonville's iffy pass offense. Look for Jacksonville to try to improve its pass offense in 2018 in order to open up more looks for its big power back.
Fournette (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots after logging limited practices all week. The Jaguars paced the NFL with an average of 141.4 rushing yards per game during the regular season, and we'd expect them to try to establish the ground game from the get-go Sunday. That should result in plenty of work for Fournette, barring any injury setbacks, with T.J. Yeldon on hand to work in a complementary/change-of-pace role. Despite missing some time during last week's AFC divisional-round win over the Steelers, Fournette still logged 25 carries for 109 yards and three TDs and added two catches for 10 yards in the contest.
Fournette (ankle) was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. Per Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com, Fournette was not injured after being involved in a minor car accident Tuesday, but his practice participation Wednesday was impacted by an ankle issue that forced the running back to exit this past Sunday's AFC divisional-round contest for a spell. We fully expect Fournette to be available for this weekend's AFC championship, but it remains to be seen if he approaches the contest with an injury designation or ends up being removed from the Jaguars' final injury report of the week come Friday.
Fournette, who sprained his right ankle in Sunday's 45-42 divisional-round win over the Steelers, is expected to participate in practice Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Though it's uncertain if Fournette will take part in all of the team's drills in the Jaguars' first practice of the week, the fact that he'll be on the field in any capacity suggests he's in little danger of missing the AFC championship matchup with the Patriots this weekend. It has been an eventful past start to the week for the rookie, who was involved in a minor car accident Tuesday, two days after he delivered three touchdowns and 119 total yards to lead the Jaguars to victory. Fournette escaped the accident without any injuries, however, so it looks like the health of his ankle will be his only concern leading up to the showdown with New England.
Fournette rushed 25 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns and brought in two of four targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 45-42 AFC divisional-round win over the Steelers. Fournette fought through a late second-quarter ankle injury to return at the start of the third quarter. Although he was considerably less productive in the second half, a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs of one and 18 yards garnered the Jaguars an important early 14-0 lead. The star rookie then capped off a five-play, 61-yard drive early in the fourth quarter with a three-yard scoring run that gave Jacksonville a 35-21 edge with 10:34 remaining. Fournette looked nearly unstoppable before his injury, and the health of his ankle will certainly be a subject of intense discussion leading into next Sunday's AFC championship road showdown against the Patriots.
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