JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars got more bad news on the injury front Friday, including one of the most durable players on the roster.
Fourth-year defensive end Yannick Ngakoue will miss Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury. He suffered the injury late in the Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, a performance featuring three tackles and a tackle for loss.
“It’s a shame,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said after Friday’s practice at the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily’s Place. “I spoke to him and he really wants to play. He’s like ‘I want to play, I don’t really care, I want to get out there.’ You don’t really see that a lot…
“I found out yesterday around four-thirty, five o’clock. They (team doctor) told me they weren’t going to let him play.”
Ngakoue played 49 consecutive regular season games to start his career, including starts in the last 48 consecutive games. His only game not starting was the season-opening game in 2016, Ngakoue’s rookie season.
Rookie defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen will likely move to Ngakoue’s place in the lineup.
“I’m missing my buddy, missing my partner in crime,” Allen said. “It’s not going to be a change for me. We played the (same) amount of snaps together when we did play. It’s just a step – I have to be the fast guy now.”
In addition, Jaguars starting quarterback A.J. Bouye was officially listed as questionable, but Marrone said he was not expecting his former All-Pro cornerback to play.
“Probably doubtful,” Marrone said. “We’ll just be ready to go (with a backup). We’re planning on him probably not playing. I’m sure he’s going to give it everything he has to try to be healthy.”
Marrone said that second-year cornerback Tre Herndon could see his first professional start in Bouye’s place.
“I just play it how it’s been,” Herndon said Friday. “Anytime somebody has to come out of the game, I have to step up. The preparation is the same. I’m going to keep preparing, watching film, asking A.J. questions and go out and execute the best that I can.”
In addition, Marrone said that left tackle Cam Robinson was cleared to play, but he planned on keeping the third-year tackle out coming off a knee injury.
“I just want to make sure that he gets the work in,” Marrone added. “He’s working his ass off. He wants to play. It’s not him. Yannick is a doctor’s decision; Cam was my decision….
“He (Robinson) missed a lot of training camp, so we’ll go with the same group that we had.”
Second-year offensive lineman Will Richardson Jr. is expected to start his second consecutive game at left tackle.
The rest of the Jaguars’ Friday injury report: offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring, out), tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring, out), wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee, questionable). Linebacker Quincy Williams (knee), safety Ronnie Harrison (ankle), defensive lineman Calais Campbell (foot) and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (elbow) were removed from the injury report and are expected to play in Week 2.