Fournette suspension affirmed

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, left, runs for yardage as he is stopped by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette won't play Sunday. Officially.

Fournette, who received a one-game suspension from the NFL on Monday evening, on Wednesday lost his appeal of the suspension. He will miss Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Fournette was suspended by the NFL for violating the league's unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules for leaving the sidelines and becoming involved in a fight in the third quarter of a 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday. The suspension was announced on Monday.

Appeals officer James Thrash, jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players Association, affirmed the suspension Wednesday morning.

"It's disappointing," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday as the Jaguars (3-8) prepared to play the Colts (6-5) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.

Fournette apologized for his actions immediately after the game Sunday and called the loss, "totally on me." He will be eligible to return to the team Monday – the day after the Colts game – and will be eligible to play when the Jaguars visit the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, December 6.

Fournette rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries against Buffalo and has rushed for 314 yards and four touchdowns on 90 carries in five games this season.

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