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Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette expects ankle to be long-term issue

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who has already missed time due to injury, is saying his ankle issue will likely be something that bothers him for the remainder of the season.

Following yet another Jacksonville win on Sunday, this time against the awful Cleveland Browns, Leonard Fournette discussed the entire situation.

“The best way for me to get it healed is to rest and I don’t have that much time,” Fournette said, via the Florida Times-Union. “I just have to keep working on getting my ankle back — that’s all. I think [coach Doug Marrone] and running backs coach [Tyrone Wheatley] have a great plan throughout the week to keep me fresh. That’s about it.”

The Jaguars didn’t exactly provide him with a light workload against the super-duper-awful Browns on Sunday.

Fournette ran 28 times for 111 yards. This was against a Browns run defense that was among the league’s stingiest heading into Week 11. A positive Cleveland nugget is shocking, I know.

This was a weird week for Fournette heading into Sunday. He was limited in practice because of the ankle. Then again, as inferred by the running back’s statement, this might be the actual strategy to help keep him fresh.

The Jaguars are a legit playoff team this season. They will need as many players as healthy as possible when the playoffs do it if the want to do damage in the postseason.

Despite some issues this season, including a non-injury deactivation, Fournette has been living up to the other-worldly hype he had coming out of LSU.