Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is among six players that were not practicing on Friday leading up to Sunday’s match up with the Cleveland Browns. Fournette returned last week against the Los Angeles Chargers after dealing with an ankle injury and being inactive for violating team rules, but he was largely ineffective and it was clear his ankle injury was still a factor. Missing Friday’s practice isn’t a great sign for Fournette, as typically you get a good idea who is going to play by who sits out on Friday leading up to the game.
Lingering issues were something that plagued Fournette during his college days at LSU and it appears it’s something that’s followed him into his rookie season. The Jaguars so far this year are 2-0 without Fournette in the lineup and have still managed to be able to run the ball on the legs of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon, so it’s not nearly as big of a concern as it was when Fournette originally hurt his ankle against the Los Angeles Rams a few weeks ago.
Also missing practice on Friday was two of the Jaguars starting offensive lineman, right tackle Jermey Parnell and left guard Patrick Omameh. It’s likely we see Josh Wells start again at right tackle and Tyler Shatley fill in at left guard, like both did last week against the Chargers. Wide receiver Allen Hurns missed practice as well, but he had already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Cleveland, so that’s not much of a surprise.
Special teams ace Arrelious Benn also missed practice, but the team is expected to activate rookie receiver Dede Westbrook from IR, which could inject some big play ability into the passing game.