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Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) expected to play after missing 5 weeks


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will make his long-awaited return to the field on Sunday after missing the past five weeks with a right hamstring injury.

The Jaguars (3-5) play the Indianapolis Colts (3-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium and it will be Fournette’s first game action since he aggravated his hamstring during the first half of the Jaguars’ victory over the New York Jets in Week 4. Fournette practiced all week, the first time he’s done so since the Jets game.

“So far, no issues,” Jags coach Doug Marrone said early Friday afternoon. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. So, no setbacks.

“Right now, he’s completely healthy … today, at this time, approximately 12:24 [p.m. ET].”

Fournette originally hurt his right hamstring late in the first half of the season opener at the New York Giants and missed the next two games. He returned against the Jets at home in Week 4 and ran 11 times for 30 yards and caught one pass for 5 yards before aggravating the injury.

Fournette, who ran for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 302 yards and another touchdown as a rookie last season, has just 71 yards rushing and four catches for 19 yards this season.

The Jaguars won’t have cornerback A.J. Bouye, who was officially ruled out with a calf injury, and reserve cornerback Quenton Meeks (knee). Bouye said on Wednesday that he was not going to play against the Colts. The Jaguars are getting nickelback D.J. Hayden (toe) and cornerback Tyler Patmon (neck) back this week, too, so that will somewhat help the defense overcome the loss of Bouye, who will miss his first game since signing with the Jaguars in March 2017.

In addition, linebacker Telvin Smith (shoulder), defensive end Lerentee McCray (hamstring) and tight end James O’Shaughnessy (hip) are questionable.



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Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Darren Sproles aggravates hamstring injury, according to sources


Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sproles’ latest setback comes after coach Doug Pederson said he expected the running back to play Sunday in his first game since Week 1.

Sources said Sproles was highly disappointed by the injury recurrence, as were the Eagles.

Sproles hurt the hamstring in practice leading into Week 2 and has missed the past seven games.

The Eagles had hoped Sproles could resume punt-return duties and rejoin a backfield currently being led by Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Philadelphia ranks 18th in rushing yards per game this season with 106.6.

DeAndre Carter had been returning punts in Sproles’ absence but was waived Tuesday and claimed by the Houston Texans on Wednesday.



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New York Giants MLB Alec Ogletree ruled out with hamstring injury


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants defense will have a vastly different look when it takes the field on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Starting middle linebacker and defensive captain Alec Ogletree was ruled out Friday because of a hamstring injury. This comes on the heels of the Giants trading defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions and cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints earlier this week.

It leaves the 18th-ranked defense with three new starters Sunday for their NFC East matchup with the first-place Redskins. Tae Davis is likely to replace Ogletree in the starting lineup to play alongside B.J. Goodson, who will have the headset in his helmet and be charged with getting the Giants lined up correctly. Nate Stupar is also expected to receive some playing time at inside linebacker in what coach Pat Shurmur called a “job share.”

Goodson’s role will expand. He’s played 42 percent of the defensive snaps this season. Ogletree has been on the field for 437 of 438 plays.

“B.J. will be in there much more than he has been,” Shurmur said. “He’s done it before, so we’re confident that he’s going to do a good job.”

Davis is an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He’s not the only undrafted rookie who will see more playing time as a result of the recent trades. Rookie defensive backs Grant Haley and Sean Chandler will see time in the slot with veteran B.W. Webb as the starting cornerback on the outside in place of Apple.

Second-year defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson slides into the starting nose tackle role left vacant by the trade of Harrison. Kerry Wynn, Josh Mauro and Mario Edwards will see increased playing time at defensive end with Tomlinson making the change.

Ogletree injured his hamstring in Monday night’s 20-12 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t practice at all this week.

The veteran middle linebacker started all seven games for the Giants this season. He’s second on the team with 48 total tackles. He’s tied for second on the team with three tackles for a loss.

Harrison led the Giants with four tackles for a loss.



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Dalvin Cook out for third straight game with hamstring injury – Minnesota Vikings Blog


EAGAN, Minn. – Running back Dalvin Cook is set to miss a third straight game Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings face the New York Jets.

Cook is dealing with a hamstring injury he sustained in overtime of the Vikings’ Week 2 tie at Green Bay. One season after his rookie year was cut short by an ACL injury, Cook has played 10 quarters, rushing 36 times for 98 yards.

The running back was a full participant in practice Wednesday before missing Thursday and Friday’s sessions. This comes after Cook was a late scratch against the Cardinals. The Vikings’ training staff determined he wasn’t ready during pregame warm-ups.

Cook said the injury is tricky and he has to rely more on “feel” than sitting out a specific number of days and expecting to be ready to go.

“It makes it difficult because you never really know,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “He comes out and he says ‘Hey, I’m good to go.’ And it’s just kind of how it goes. You have to have versatility in your game plan.”

Latavius Murray , who recorded a career-high 155 yards rushing and a touchdown against the Cardinals, will be the Vikings’ lead back. Murray’s 74 yards after contact were the most by a Vikings running back since Adrian Peterson had 129 against the Raiders in 2015, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Entering Week 6, Minnesota was the last team without a rushing touchdown.

“He’s (Murray) a guy that needs carries and the physicality of things,” Zimmer said. “I like Latavius and the way he approaches the game, and typically he’s not a one-carry-every-quarter guy, he’s a guy that needs to get the football some.”

Murray filled a similar role last season for the Vikings, becoming the team’s lead back in Cook’s absence. Asked whether Cook’s hamstring injury will require rest for an extended period of time, Zimmer said: “I don’t know. I’ll let the medical people handle it.”



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Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette aggravates hamstring injury, out indefinitely


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will be out indefinitely after aggravating a right hamstring injury during the team’s victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Coach Doug Marrone also said he’s unsure when the team will be able to determine how much time Fournette will miss.

“I really don’t know,” Marrone said. “Believe me, if I knew exactly what the deal was and I could tell you — three [games], six, 10, IR, whatever — I would. I just don’t know. Those injuries are tough. We talked about it by position. We talked about it by player. We’ve talked about it every other way. “I thought he was looking good. … You guys see him working [in practice] ,but it’s different when you’re playing a game. The game’s different.”

Marrone was asked if short-term IR was a consideration, but he said he mentioned that as a way to illustrate that he was unable to be definitive about how long Fournette will be out. If the team were to place Fournette on short-term IR, he could not practice for at least six weeks from the date he was placed on IR and could not return to the active roster for at least eight weeks.

Fournette had an MRI on Sunday following the Jaguars’ 31-12 victory at TIAA Bank Field, and Marrone said the injury does not appear to be more serious than it was when he first hurt his right hamstring late in the first half of the season opener.

Marrone said Fournette feels a “catch” in the hamstring when he tries to accelerate to top speed.

“There’s a thing that’s just pulling at it,” Marrone said. “It’s legit. There is something there, and we’ve just got to do everything we can to get that out. That whatever thing is that feels like it catches. That’s all I know.

“I don’t know all the doctor talk about it. I’m just trying to give you the layman’s talk. It’s just, ‘Hey, I just got this little thing. It feels like it catches. It doesn’t enable me to open up.'”

Fournette ran 11 times for 30 yards and caught one pass for 5 yards before going to the bench late in the first half against the Jets. The team originally said he was questionable to return, but he went back onto the field for the Jaguars’ final drive. The team ruled him out for the second half.

Fournette missed the Jaguars’ games against New England and Tennessee, and based on what Marrone said Monday it’s unlikely Fournette plays on Sunday in Kansas City. The Jaguars (3-1) play at Dallas the following week before playing host to Houston and then traveling to London for the team’s annual home game in Wembley Stadium.

The Jaguars have their bye the following week, so it’s not out of the question that Fournette could be held out until their Week 10 game at Indianapolis on Nov. 11.



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Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains questionable


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Whether running back Leonard Fournette plays against the New York Jets won’t be determined until Sunday because the team wants to give his injured right hamstring as much rest as possible.

The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) have listed Fournette as questionable for the game against the Jets (1-2) at TIAA Bank Field. Right guard A.J. Cann (triceps) also is questionable but the team said nickelback D.J. Hayden (toe) will not play.

Fournette, who hasn’t played since injuring his hamstring late in the first half of the season opener, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday but was a full participant in Friday’s light workout. Even though that was the first time he’s been a full participant since the injury, Fournette said he doesn’t have a gut feeling on whether he’ll be on the field against the Jets.

“It’s wait and see,” Fournette said. “… It’s just tricky. It’s tricky with hamstrings. You can feel good one day then something else might happen, you know what I mean? So it all depends. It all depends on you and your mindset.”

Coach Doug Marrone said the team will monitor Fournette and Cann for the next two days. He also said he’s hesitant to put a player that’s not completely healthy on the field. Fournette said Friday he’s been able to run and cut with no issues.

“The first thing that has to happen all the time is the doctor has to clear those guys, so if that doesn’t happen then you have no recourse,” Marrone said. “Then after that the player has to go out there. You have to see what his level of function is. If the player says he’s not 100 percent [but says] he’s 90 percent or 85 percent, then it becomes the coach’s decision and I don’t like to put anyone out there unless we feel like they’re 100 percent. I think that our expectations are to be able go out there and do everything that we need to win.”

Fournette did not play in the past two games and the Jaguars have rushed for a combined 191 yards against New England and Tennessee. Fournette ran for 41 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 14 yards in the first half of the season opener before getting hurt.

It’s good news that running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is not on the game status report. He did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday. However, he did not participate in any drills that involved cutting during the open media viewing portion of Friday’s workout.



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Cleveland Browns rule out WR Josh Gordon with hamstring injury


The Cleveland Browns ruled out wide receiver Josh Gordon for Sunday’s game against the Saints because of a hamstring injury.

Gordon, who was only added to the injury list on Saturday after complaining of soreness in his leg, caught just one pass for a 17-yard touchdown in the Browns’ Week 1 tie with the Steelers.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor targeted Gordon just three times, but coach Hue Jackson said earlier this week that some early-season miscommunication was at play, and that the Browns still had big plans for the receiver’s role this season.

“Josh, when he is going like we know he can, he has an opportunity to make plays,” Jackson said Wednesday. “He has to continue to work to be in the right spot. We have to give him opportunities, and I think that we will do that.”

Gordon returned to action last season after a nearly three-year absence and played in five games, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown. He missed the 2015 season because of a drug suspension and opted to spend 2016 in rehab.

The 27-year-old, who also dealt with a hamstring issue in training camp, said this week that he wasn’t concerned with his lack of targets against Pittsburgh.

“I think I went out there and served my purpose and did whatever I was supposed to do, whether it was to distract the safety or get somebody else open,” he said. “More than anything, I did not even think about the targets until somebody mentioned that at the end of the game. I am just going to keep on running until I have the opportunity.”

The Browns also ruled out starting linebacker Christian Kirksey (shoulder/ankle) and backup tight end Seth DeValve (hamstring) for the Week 2 game in New Orleans.

Kirksey, who had previously been listed as questionable, will miss the first game of his five-year career.



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Jacksonville Jaguars list Leonard Fournette (hamstring) as questionable


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jaguars aren’t ruling running back Leonard Fournette out for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

“I started running on it today,” Fournette said Friday. “It feels good. So that’s progress. We’ll see. It’s a game-time decision. … I like my chances more and more as the day has gone on.”

The team listed Fournette as questionable on the injury report because of a right hamstring injury that kept him out of practice all week. Coach Doug Marrone also said it may be a game-time decision as to whether Fournette plays.

“He had a good day yesterday,” Marrone said. “That’s encouraging.”

Marrone said that if Fournette plays, his snaps will not be limited. He also said he would be comfortable having only two healthy running backs available if Fournette doesn’t play.

T.J. Yeldon will start if Fournette cannot, and Corey Grant would be expected to get additional work. The Jaguars also could promote Brandon Wilds from the practice squad on Saturday.

The Jaguars also have fullback Tommy Bohanon available as a ball carrier, Marrone said.

Fournette was injured — he said he felt his hamstring pop when he planted his right leg — when he caught a screen pass for no gain on third-and-long late in the first half of last Sunday’s victory over the New York Giants.

He had nine carries for 41 yards and three catches for 14 yards against the Giants before the injury.



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Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles ruled out with hamstring injury


PHILADELPHIA — Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury.

Coach Doug Pederson described it as a “slight hamstring” strain, and said it occurred during practice on Wednesday. He missed the next two sessions.

Sproles, who has spent the past year rehabbing from an ACL tear, started in the opener against the Atlanta Falcons and finished with five rushes for 10 yards and added four receptions for 22 yards before Jay Ajayi assumed the bulk of the workload in the second half.

In the process, the 35-year-old Sproles passed Marshall Faulk and Steve Smith to move into sixth in career all-purpose yards (19,216).

Ajayi, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood could all see increased roles in Sproles’ absence.

Special teams will be impacted as well. Sproles is their primary punt returner, while receiver Shelton Gibson returned kicks in the opener. Gibson is questionable with a knee injury. Pederson mentioned Clement, Smallwood and Nelson Agholor as possible kick-return options, and Clement and DeAndre Carter for punt returns.

“They’ve been getting some work the last couple days,” Pederson said.

Quarterback Carson Wentz (knee) and receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) are also out Sunday.



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Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette says hamstring improving, optimistic for Sunday


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette said his injured right hamstring is better and he thinks his chances of being able to play on Sunday against New England are improving.

“I like [his chances of playing] now since the day’s been going on more and more,” Fournette said Thursday afternoon. “It’s feeling better and better.”

Fournette did not practice for the second consecutive day but said he started running on Thursday. The plan is still for him to test the hamstring on Friday afternoon, but Fournette said he expects it to be a game-time decision. The Jaguars play host to the Patriots at 4:25 p.m. ET at TIAA Bank Field.

“Any person would give anything to play, especially [since] it’s a great football team we’re going against. Just have to see.

“My main focus is to strengthen it back up, get the swelling or whatever that is in there [down], and come out Sunday and play.”

Fournette was injured — he said he felt his hamstring pop when he planted his right leg — when he caught a screen pass for no gain on third-and-long late in the first half of last Sunday’s victory over the New York Giants. Fournette had nine carries for 41 yards and three catches for 14 yards before the injury.

Fournette said he feels comfortable playing Sunday even if he doesn’t practice this week.

“Even when I’m not practicing I’m still in the film [room] every morning, going over things,” Fournette said. “In the evening, I’m doing therapy and stuff, going over plays, running stuff like that.”



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