Coach Doug Marrone hopes Fournette (hamstring) will be available for Sunday's contest against the Texans, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. This is merely rehashing what Marrone told DiRocco on Friday: "There's a chance those guys'll [also cornerback D.J. Hayden] be able to play [Week 7]." Fournette has suited up just twice this season, averaging 3.6 YPC on his 20 rushes while gathering all four targets for 19 yards. In Fournette's stead this past Sunday at Dallas, T.J. Yeldon earned the most offensive snaps (31 of 48) among Jaguars running backs, with newcomer Jamaal Charles handling the remaining 17. The touches among the two were similarly distributed, with Yeldon getting 11 versus Charles' six.
Though Fournette (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, coach Doug Marrone relayed Friday that the running back has a chance to play next week against the Texans, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. While such an outcome is hardly a lock, Fournette was able to run on the side during Friday's light workout, so he's clearly trending in the right direction. There had been previous speculation that Fournette might be held out through the Jaguars' Week 9 bye, but if his hamstring responds well in the coming days, he could see action sooner. In the meantime, T.J. Yeldon is in line to head the team's backfield Week 6, with Jamaal Charles and David Williams in reserve.
Fournette (hamstring), who has already been ruled out for Week 6, was spotted at Friday's practice with a helmet, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. Fournette's presence at Friday's practice does not change his status for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, but DiRocco does suggest it's a sign that Fournette could be able to practice in some fashion next week.
With Fournette (hamstring) having been ruled out for four of the Jaguars last five games, coach Doug Marrone relayed Wednesday that T.J. Yeldon will continue to "carry the load" Sunday against the Cowboys, John Oehser of Jacksonville's official site reports. Meanwhile, the Jaguars' backfield depth options have changed, with Corey Grant (foot) now on injured reserve and Brandon Wilds having been waived. Now slated to back Yeldon up in Week 6 -- and possibly beyond -- are former Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles and David Williams, who was signed off Denver's practice squad. With Fournette having been quickly ruled out in back-to-back weeks, there seems to be a solid chance that his absence will extend beyond this weekend. With that in mind, FloridaFootballInsiders.com suggests that the team may consider holding Fournette out through the end of month, which would enable the Jaguars to rest him through their Week 9 bye. While such a scenario remains speculative and the running back's outlook could well improve when he's evaluated again next week, it does seem logical that the Jaguars aren't inclined to rush Fournette back after seeing him suffer a setback in Week 4 on the heels of a two-game absence.
Fournette (hamstring) isn't expected to participate in Wednesday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. It's likely that Fournette will be a spectator at practice throughout the week or a limited participant at most after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously reported that the Jaguars intend to hold him out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. After sitting out Weeks 2 and 3 with the same injury, Fournette logged just 24 offensive snaps in the Jaguars' Week 4 win over the Jets before departing after aggravating the issue. At this point, it appears Jacksonville's main goal is to ensure Fournette is fully healthy before easing him back into game action, so T.J. Yeldon should be in store for a second start in a row out of the backfield this weekend.
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