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Wednesday: A plan for Fournette


JACKSONVILLE – The waiting and seeing continued Wednesday.

That's the Jaguars' plan this week for running back Leonard Fournette, whose hamstring injury appears likely to be a storyline throughout the week.

"We're going to give it some time and see where we are when it's time to start testing it," Head Coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday as the Jaguars (1-0) began preparing to play the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots (1-0) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Fournette, a second-year veteran who sustained a hamstring injury in the first half of the Jaguars' season-opening victory over the New York Giants this past Sunday, is expected to work on the side when the Jaguars practice late Wednesday morning and early Wednesday afternoon.

Marrone said the plan is to have Fournette test the injury Friday afternoon.

"We have a program set," Marrone said.

Marrone adding that Fournette would be tested after he finished his media availabilities for the week.

"I'm not going to be BS you guys," he said, laughing.

Fournette, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, led the Jaguars with 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. He rushed for 41 yards on nine carries with three receptions for 14 yards before leaving in the second quarter Sunday.

The Jaguars' scored a touchdown on the series after Fournette left the game, then punted seven times on eight second-half possessions.

Marrone was asked if he would be comfortable playing Fournette Sunday if he were unable to practice Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

"I am (comfortable) with him," Marrone said. "He's done a good job. He has worked really hard. I would be comfortable with him. If it was a rookie, maybe … depending on the situation or position or things of that nature I might not be as comfortable."

Marrone said he had no plans to try to fool the Patriots regarding Fournette's status.

"I'm more focused on how we have to prepare than trying to throw up smoke screens or things like this," Marrone said. "If guys are ready to play they play and we'll get him out there. It's more of a focus on us. When you start playing those games and things like that you're wasting energy and wasting time."

Also on Wednesday:

*Center Brandon Linder (knee) wasn't expected to practice. Marrone said the plan unless Linder's knee worsens is to rest him Wednesdays during the regular season.

*The following players were expected to practice with listed injuries: tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle), right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee), wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (knee) and strong-side linebacker Leon Jacobs. …

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