With questions remaining about the status of star running back Leonard Fournette heading into tomorrow’s pivotal game against the New England Patriots, the Jaguars have made what seems like a precautionary move and promoted running back Brandon Wilds from the team’s practice squad.
Wilds spent a majority of last season on the Jaguars practice squad, and has appeared in two regular season games during his three year NFL career, rushing for 27 yards on 10 attempts, and gaining 20 yards on two receptions while with the New York Jets in 2016.
While the team bringing Wilds up does seem concerning for Fournette’s status, the team was thin on the active roster, carrying only three running backs into last week’s game against the Giants. With Fournette likely not at full strength even if he plays, and TJ Yeldon being a late addition to the injury report Friday afternoon with an ankle injury, it only made sense that the team add another back to the active roster.
The team made room for Wilds’ addition by releasing veteran wide receiver/punt returner Rashad Greene Sr. Greene was thought to be a likely candidate to be cut prior to Marqise Lee’s injury, having lost the starting punt return role to Jaydon Mickens over the summer. He was a healthy inactive last week at New York.