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Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette could return in Week 9

A Week 8 bye has been a convenient one for Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette, who used the allotted extra week of rest to recover from an ankle injury that kept him sidelined in Week 7’s win against the Indianapolis Colts. Fournette sustained the injury in Week 6’s outing against the Los Angeles Rams.

The good news for the Jaguars — and Fournette fantasy owners — is that it looks like the running back is ready to see action again after he was seen joining teammates in Wednesday’s practice.

It’s clearly a good sign for Fournette. It is worth noting, however, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone still has to categorically state that the former LSU Tiger, along with three other Jacksonville players that missed the Colts game, receive green lights to play against the Cincinnati Bengals this coming Sunday, per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.

We’ll see. Obviously, once you get them back on the field, that’s always a good [step],” Marrone said. “It’s a step in the right direction. …

“We’ve got to make sure that those players are able to play at a [high] level, because we’re going to need all our players to play at a high level on Sunday.”

In lieu of Fournette, the Jaguars featured mostly T.J. Yeldon in the backfield against the Colts. He did go for 122 rushing yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t a big dip in production.

Nevertheless, it’s Fournette whom the Jaguars would prefer more to run with the pigskin. Fournette leads the team with 596 rushing yards and six rushing scores.