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Friday update: Fournette, three others questionable

Posted Nov 17, 2017

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette among four players questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

 

JACKSONVILLE – The injury list stayed deep Friday.

It also got a bit more specific, with one detail being that Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette is listed as questionable entering the weekend.

Fournette, the Jaguars’ leading rusher who has missed two of the last three games, missed practice Friday with an ankle injury after working limited Wednesday and Thursday – and he was among four Jaguars players listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report of the week.

“I just think we’re being cautious,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said of Fournette as the Jaguars (6-3) prepared to play the Cleveland Browns (0-9) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Fournette, after missing the Jaguars’ pre-bye week victory over the Colts on October 22 with an ankle injury, was held out of the team’s post-bye victory over the Bengals for an infraction of a team rule. He played this past week against the Los Angeles Chargers, but said he tweaked the ankle late in the game.

“We have a lot of caution with it,” Marrone said. “You saw what happened Sunday. We were playing, and all of a sudden he rolled it. He came back and practiced. We’re just trying to be smart.”

The other questionable players Sunday:

Left guard Patrick Omameh (quad), right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee) and linebacker Blair Brown (hamstring). Wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle) and Arrelious Benn (knee) were ruled out for the game.

“It’s tough,” Marrone said. “You have to make some tough decisions. You have to see where you are. You have to make sure practice-squad guys are ready and players who maybe have been inactive before are ready to step up and play. We’re not the only team going through this, and no one’s going to feel sorry for you in this league.

“You just have to be able to go. You have to be on top of your game. You have to be able to make decisions, and they’re tough. It’s not easy this time of year managing a roster.”

The injuries to Omameh and Parnell make the line an uncertainty entering the weekend. Josh Wells started in place of Parnell last Sunday in a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, and Tyler Shatley replaced Omameh after 26 offensive snaps.

Shatley also has played center this season, including one game in which starting center Brandon Linder shifted to guard with Shatley starting. Right guard A.J. Cann was out for that game.

Also on Friday, the Jaguars issued no game status for six players, meaning the players are expected to be healthy enough to play. The six: Quarterback Blake Bortles (right wrist/illness), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back), linebacker Lerentee McCray (foot), wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee), tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) and defensive end Dawuane Smoot (knee).

Marrone also said he expected the team activate rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who has been on injured reserve the first nine games after September core-muscle surgery.

“I would say we are,” Marrone said. “We still have to make those decisions; we’ll see how tomorrow (Saturday) goes. We have until 4 o’clock [Saturday], so we’ll see where everybody’s at.”

Marrone on Friday said he liked the Jaguars’ preparation this week.

“I thought it was a little more physical than it had been prior weeks,” Marrone said of the team’s padded Thursday practice. “That was encouraging from that standpoint.”

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