Jaguars Expect RB Leonard Fournette to Be Able to Play Sunday

The Jaguars expect running back Leonard Fournette to play in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts after the star rookie injured his ankle Sunday, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Fournette suffered a sprained right ankle in the fourth quarter of the 27-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He was cleared to re-enter but remained on the sideline for Jacksonville’s final drive.

“They said he was taped up and spatted and could have gone back in the game,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “That’s encouraging.”

The injury initially appeared to be significant, as Fournette’s foot got caught underneath him as he was brought to the ground by cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Fournette tried to hop to the sideline before falling back to the ground.

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T.J. Yeldon (RB)
Rashad Greene (WR)
Mychal Rivera (TE)
Dede Westbrook (WR)
Tyler Gaffney (RB)
Blair Brown (LB)
Jalen Myrick (CB)


Deante’ Gray (WR)
Will Fuller (WR)
Alfred Blue (RB)
Jaelen Strong (WR)
Matthew Godin (DT)
Treston Decoud (CB)
Ufomba Kamalu (DT)
Carlos Watkins (DT)

Blake Bortles Benched for Third Preseason Game for Chad Henne

It sounds like the Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville might be coming to an end, as today it was announced that for the important preseason game three Bortles will be sat for backup Chad Henne.

Chad Henne is getting his shot to supplant Blake Bortles as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback.

The veteran quarterback will open the game with the first-team offense on Thursday against the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Wednesday.

The move comes just six days after Jaguars coach Doug Marrone opened the competition by saying the starting role was “up there for grabs” between Henne and Bortles.

RB Leonard Fournette One of Three Ruled Out For Preseason Game Vs Carolina

The Jaguars will be without running back Leonard Fournette, receiver Marqise Lee and cornerback A.J. Bouye for their preseason game against Carolina on Thursday night, the Associated Press reports.

Coach Doug Marrone ruled out all three projected starters Monday, adding that running back T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) and tight end Michael Rivera (hand) also won’t play against the Panthers.

Fournette has a left foot injury. Lee has a badly sprained right ankle. Bouye’s injury has not been disclosed. Fournette and Lee played in the preseason opener, but sat out last week against Tampa Bay. Bouye did not dress for either exhibition game. The three seem unlikely to play in the preseason finale at Atlanta.

Two others also missed practice Monday: Receiver Rashad Greene (back) and defensive end Dante Fowler (lower body).

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Branden Albert Says He’s Coming Back to the Jaguars After Retiring Last Week

It was just last week that out of nowhere offensive tackle Branden Albert told everyone that he was retiring from the NFL.

That retirement now seems short lived.

Albert has informed the Jags front office that he’s coming back to the team, and the two sides met over the weekend to discuss the situation.

He did not accompany the team to New England, and Garafolo cautions there are “lots of moving parts on this one” as the Jaguars will want a commitment from Albert.

Albert, 32, has a base salary of $8.875 million for this season.

The Dolphins traded Albert to the Jaguars in March, but he skipped Jacksonville’s offseason program in hopes of getting a new deal. He has started 118 of 120 career games and was expected to compete with second-round pick Cam Robinson for the starting left tackle job in Jacksonville.

Albert has to appear in three games for the Jaguars this season for the Dolphins to receive a 2018 seventh-round pick.

Jaguars Lose Long Snapper Carson Tinker for the Season with Torn ACL

Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker is out for the season after sustaining a torn right ACL in Wednesday’s practice, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Tinker was placed on injured reserve Thursday and the Jaguars signed long snapper Matt Overton.

The Jaguars also waived/injured tailback I’Tavius Mathers on injured reserve and signed guard Malcolm Bunche. If Mathers clears waivers, he will be placed on injured reserve.

Tinker was participating in non-contact special teams drill when he appeared to either get tangled up with a teammate or took a wrong step. Tinker, a 2013 undrafted free agent who had not missed a regular season game in four years, will soon undergo surgery.

Jaguars Left Tackle Branden Albert Announces Retirement

The Jaguars lost one of their possible tackles on their offensive line, as today Branden Albert announced his retirement from both the Jags and the NFL.

He was expected to be in the mix in 2017 for playing time with rookie second-round selection Cam Robinson at the left tackle spot.

The 32-year-old miss OTA’s as he tried to renegotiate his contract, but did take part in the mandatory three-day minicamp in June. He said during the minicamp he planned to attend training camp and would be in shape at that time.

“After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much,” said Albert. “I would like to thank Mr. Khan and the Jaguars organization, Mr. Ross, Joe Philbin, Dennis Hickey and the Dolphins organization and Mr. Hunt, Carl Peterson, Herm Edwards and the Chiefs organization for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime. GOD has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It’s been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL! Special thanks to Al Groh and the University of Virginia for giving me the opportunity for a great education and showing faith in me when no one else wanted to take a chance on me. I am truly thankful for my UVA family.

“This is such a special league and it’s been an honor and a privilege to play this sport professionally for the past nine years. I wish Coach Marrone and my Jacksonville teammates the best of luck on their journey this season. During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years. I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call ‘home,’ and running my businesses, while giving back to the community. While this chapter of my life is coming to an end, my story is still going and I hope you’ll follow along. I will be furthering and finishing my education. GOD BLESS AND GODSPEED.”

Albert was one of two first round picks for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Jags acquired Albert in a trade with the Dolphins this offseason.

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