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Friday: Fournette update


JACKSONVILLE – The wait continues.

Leonard Fournette continued to be the main story around the Jaguars Friday, with Head Coach Doug Marrone remaining confident the second-year running back will be able to play Sunday.

"Absolutely … yeah; I am," Marrone said early Friday afternoon following the final practice of the week as the Jaguars (1-0) prepared to play the New England Patriots (1-0) at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Fournette, who sustained a hamstring injury in the second quarter of a Week 1 victory over the New York Giants last week, missed practice for a third consecutive day Friday. He officially was listed as questionable for Sunday on the Jaguars' game status report.

Marrone said Fournette ran at a high level Thursday, calling that day a good one for Fournette. Marrone also said the team could test Fournette's hamstring anytime until Sunday.

"Today was more lifting in the morning and working on him," Marrone said. "We'll see how he is this afternoon. If he's good this afternoon, we'll test him now. If he's feeling a little sore, we'll wait and test him tomorrow. Or Sunday."

Marrone said the situation remains a possible game-time decision for Sunday.

"We'll see where he is," Marrone said, adding, "If he's ready go out there, he'll be full go."

The Jaguars currently have three running backs – Fournette, T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant – on the roster along with fullback Tommy Bohanon. Brandon Wilds is on the Jaguars' practice squad, has practiced with the team all week and can be activated this weekend.

Marrone said entering Sunday with two active running backs is an option.

"I don't know why not," Marrone said. "We've got another one; we've got Tommy back there."

Marrone also reiterated what he said earlier this week – that he has no issue playing Fournette despite him not practicing throughout the week.

"He's been heavily involved and really paying attention," Marrone said. "Everything's on tape, so he has everything so he'd be ready to go."

Fournette was the only player listed on the Jaguars' game status report Friday. Jaguars players who had been listed on the injury report this week: right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee), linebacker Leon Jacobs (ankle) center Brandon Linder (knee), linebacker Telvin Smith (back), wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (knee) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle).

Yeldon was a limited participant in practice Friday because of an ankle issue but was not listed on the game status report. That means Yeldon is expected to play Sunday.

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