Leonard Fournette may not be on the field in Week 2.
The 23-year-old running back left Jacksonville’s game against the Giants last weekend in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Fournette did not practice Friday and the Jaguars are “not optimistic” he will play against the Patriots on Sunday, according to a report from the NFL Network.
There is a long time to go before game time, but the #Jaguars are not optimistic that star RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will play vs. the #Patriots, sources say. Not a surprise, he didn’t practice all week and they did promote Brandon Wilds from the practice squad.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2018
Fournette said he was “feeling better” earlier in this week.
“Any person would give anything to play (against New England), especially (since) it’s a great football team we’re going against,” Fournette said (via ESPN). “Just have to see.
“My main focus is to strengthen it back up, get the swelling or whatever that is in there (down), and come out Sunday and play.”
Fournette rushed for 41 yards on nine carries before he left the game against the Giants. He was replaced by T.J. Yeldon, who tallied 51 yards on the ground.
The former LSU star was selected by the Jaguars with the fourth pick in the 2017 draft. He registered 1,040 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games as a rookie.