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Friday: Fournette, Cann questionable

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JACKSONVILLE – The week's major Jaguars storyline likely will continue into Sunday.

Two players key to the Jaguars' running game – running back Leonard Fournette and right guard A.J. Cann – likely will be game-time decisions, with status of both uncertain entering the weekend.

Fournette, the team's starting running back when healthy, on Friday was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He has missed each of the last two games since sustaining the injury in a Week 1 victory over the New York Giants.

"It's wait and see," Fournette said Friday as the Jaguars (2-1) prepared to play the New York Jets (1-2) at TIAA Bank Field in downtown Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.

"It's tricky with hamstrings," he added. "You feel good one day, then something else happens. It all depends on you and your mindset."

Fournette said he feels he is improving.

"It takes time for a hamstring and stuff like that," he said. "It's getting back, getting into a routine – running and cutting."

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone called Fournette and Cann "50-50."

"You never know," Marrone said. "Today's not obviously as physical a day as it is on Thursday. We'll see where they are strength-wise and stretching and just monitor them during the next 48 hours."

Fournette, who rushed for 41 yards on nine carries in slightly less than a half against the Giants, practiced limited Wednesday and Thursday this week before being listed as full participation Friday. He practiced limited all three days last week before not playing in a loss to the Tennessee Titans and did not practice the week immediately after the injury.

Cann, who missed the loss to Tennessee with a triceps injury, also was listed as questionable on Friday's game-status report. He practiced limited Wednesday and Thursday before being listed as full on Friday.

"I keep telling everyone: The way it goes is the same thing," Marrone said of determining if injured players play. "The first thing that has to happen all the time is the doctor has to clear those guys. So, if that doesn't happen then you have no recourse.

"Then after that the player has to go out there. You have to see what his level of function is. If the player says he's not 100 percent [but says] he's 90 percent or 85 percent, then it becomes the coach's decision and I don't like to put anyone out there unless we feel like they're 100 percent.

"I think that our expectations are to be able go out there and do everything that we need to win."

Backup running back T.J. Yeldon, who has played through an ankle issue the last two games, was removed from the game-status report Friday – meaning he is expected to play Sunday. He missed practice Wednesday, worked limited Thursday and was full Friday.

Yeldon has rushed for 153 yards on 31 carries this season, including 102 yards on 15 carries in the last two games with Fournette out. Third-team running back Corey Grant has rushed for 27 yards on 11 carries in three games and reserve Brandon Wilds has rushed for nine yards on four carries.

The Jaguars, after leading the NFL in rushing last season, are ranked 13th in the NFL this season at 109.3 yards per game. They rushed for 141.4 yards a game last season.

The only other Jaguars player not removed from the game status report Friday: cornerback D.J. Hayden, who was ruled out with a sprained toe for a second consecutive game.

Other players removed from the report Friday and expected to play Sunday: Josh Lambo (hip, full participation Friday), center Brandon Linder (knee, full), right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee, full), tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle, full), defensive end Calais Campbell (ankle, limited),

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