The Jacksonville Jaguars have been without the services of star running back Leonard Fournette for the last several weeks due to a lingering hamstring injury.
However, it appears that Fournette is on track to make his return to the field this week for the matchup on the road against the Indianapolis Colts. This is at least the hope of his teammates, who are looking to get the Jags’ backfield anchor back, according to Josh Oehser of Jaguars.com.
“That would be huge for the offensive side of the ball,” safety Tashaun Gipson said.
That was the consensus around the Jaguars’ locker room at TIAA Bank Field Thursday – that if second-year running back Leonard Fournette isn’t exactly a savior, his return would be …
“That’s the hope, yeah,” All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey said.
Leonard Fournette has been out of the lineup for much of the season, taking the field in just two games, in which he recorded 71 rushing yards on 20 attempts along with four catches for 19 receiving yards. His absence has pushed the Jaguars to lean on production out of the backfield from backup T.J. Yeldon along with the recently acquired running back Carlos Hyde.
This hasn’t quite added up to the type of impact that Fournette has on the offense as he has proven to be their workhorse out of the backfield. The Jaguars have built their offense around him as he played a tremendous part in securing a playoff spot and the AFC South division title last season.
If Fournette does return to the fold this week, he will have a large workload with eyes on him playing a big role in helping the team get back on track from their current four-game skid that has pushed them into a tie with the Colts for the last place in the AFC South heading into Week 10 action.