The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their Thursday injury reports ahead of their week two matchup at EverBank Field this Sunday. For the Jaguars the key player to watch is obvious. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is still nursing the hamstring injury that occurred during a screen at the end of the first half against the New York Giants in week one.
Fournette is not expected to practice this week ahead of the matchup, and Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone says the star running back will test his hamstring tomorrow after the Jaguars press conferences to see his status. It will most likely be a game-time decision for Sunday.
RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring): Did not participate
C Brandon Linder (knee): Limited participant
RT Jermy Parnell (Knee): Limited participant
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Core Muscle): Limited participant
LB Telvin Smith (back): Limited participant
RB Rex Burkhead (Concussion): Limited participant
TE Jacob Hollister (Hamstring): Limited participant
RB Sony Michel (Knee): Limited participant
T Marcus Cannon (Calf): Limited participant
DB Nat Ebner (Knee): Limited participant
For the Jaguars the majority of the team is seemingly healthy with Leon Jacobs and Jaydon Mickens coming off of the injury report today after practicing full yesterday. Jaguars center Brandon Linder returned today on a limited basis as he is still nursing his knee injury. Today, Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette declared himself a game-time decision.
This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following this storyline, and we will see tomorrow what his official status will be. At this point, I would not be surprised either way if Fournette is able to go or if is forced to sit out, but the optimism is there. The rest of the Jaguars players are seemingly healthy enough to give it a go this Sunday which is good news.
Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith was the only new addition to the injury report with a back injury. There has been no indication on the severity of this injury, but I would assume he is likely to be a full go come game time. Most likely this was just a precautionary situation.
As for the Patriots, running back Rex Burkhead (concussion) returned to practice on a limited basis. He is important to watch as far as tomorrow’s game status goes because the Patriots already lost Jeremy Hill (torn acl), another running back who was showing promise.
If Burkhead does not play, look for James White to get the bulk of the looks out of the backfield. Sony Michel, the Patriots rookie first-round running back was also limited today possibly indicating he will also not be able to suit up Sunday. Reports are the Patriots want Michel to practice in full before he gets onto the field.
Jaguars Lose LT Cam Robinson for the Season
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jaguars LT Cam Robinson has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 NFL Season.
Source: #Jaguars LT Cam Robinson suffered a torn ACL. He had the MRI last night. Brutal loss for an up-and-coming player who is now out for the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 17, 2018
Robinson left early during the Jaguars 31-20 win over the New England Patriots. The Jaguars will now look to backup LT Josh Wells, who surprisingly played well in place of Robinson against the Patriots. However, the team will also likely look for outside options, given the struggles Wells has had in the past. Still a big blow to a Jaguars offensive line that was poised for another big year.
Bortles, Jaguars get their revenge over the Patriots, 31-20
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots took off quickly for their rematch of the AFC title game just last season. The Jaguars were without star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury.
After the Patriots missed on their opening drive field goal, the Jaguars would drive 56 yards on the heels of Corey Grant, TJ Yeldon, and Blake Bortles to score a go-ahead 4-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Donte Moncrief, who made a beautiful grab over Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
The Jaguars defense came in to force a 3-and-out only for the Jaguars and Blake Bortles to drive down the field again and score a beautiful 20-yard touchdown to Keelan Cole.
After the Jaguars’ second punt of the game to the Patriots 6-yard line, the Patriots would take eight minutes and 16 seconds off the clock only to come up for a field goal. The Jaguars defense played a little bend-but-don’t-break, which allowed Brady and company to drive down the field.
With around a two minutes and 45 seconds to go until halftime, the Jaguars and quarterback Blake Bortles would take the ball 75-yards for a beautiful 4-yard touchdown pass to end the half. Perfectly executed.
Blake Bortles would end the first half with a great stat line. Going 17 for 25 with 200 yards and three touchdowns. Nearly a perfect game for the Jaguars and their star quarterback. The Jaguars would go into halftime with a 21-3 lead over the New England Patriots.
After the second half kickoff to the Jaguars offense, they would drive down the field to the Patriots seven-yard line, however, they were unable to come up with a touchdown this time, settling for an easy field goal for Josh Lambo.
What was looking to be another scoring drive by the Jaguars turned into a fumble by rookie wide receiver DJ Chark. The Patriots and Tom Brady would, of course, turn that short field into a touchdown. 24-10 Jaguars.
After a Blake Bortles interception the Patriots looked poised to score again, however, this time the Jaguars defense came to play. Dante Fowler Jr. had a great burst on the edge beating his man for a strip-sack. Jaguars recover.
After the Patriots were forced to punt, Blake Bortles did what he has done all game. Find the open receiver and let them make a play. Dede Westbrook took a short slant route pass from Bortles 61-yards for a touchdown. 31-13 Jaguars. The Patriots would go on to score a garbage time touchdown at the end of the game. 31-20 final score.
THREE BIG PLAYS:
Keelan Cole makes the catch of the year.
No additional comment needed. See for yourself.
Keelan Cole with the best catch of 2018 pic.twitter.com/FoT9ZQnoYu
— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) September 16, 2018
Move over OBJ.
Dante Fowler Jr. comes up big with a strip-sack on Tom Brady
Following a Blake Bortles ill-advised interception late in the 4th quarter, the Jaguars defense needed a stop, and they came up huge with Dante Fowler Jr. beating his man around the edge for a strip-sack/recover on quarterback Tom Brady. This was Fowler’s first game of the year after being suspended week one.
Dede Westbrook takes a Blake Bortles pass 61-yards for a touchdown
All the receivers came to play today but this Westbrook touchdown was a thing of beauty. Westbrook took a simple slant route from Blake Bortles 61-yards for a touchdown. Great blocking and an amazing way to seal the victory for the Jaguars.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Never a doubt. Blake Bortles is absolutely your player of the game today. Blake’s stat line for today: 29/45 for 377 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. The Boat (Blake Bortles) was on fire today. The Patriots defense had no answers for him and the Jaguars passing offense. This was easily the best game of his career.
The Jaguars did it. They got their revenge in the best possible way as they took on the Patriots and laid one on ‘em to earn a victory. There were very few times throughout the game where the Jaguars did not seem to have complete control of this game, and they played aggressively. No longer were the Jaguars simply three yards and a cloud of dust. Blake Bortles, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, TJ Yeldon, Corey Grant, the list goes on. Nearly everyone on offense had themselves a day. The Jaguars beat the Patriots through the air effortlessly.
The Jaguars will take on the Tennessee Titans (1-1) at home next week.
Jaguars vs. Patriots Week Two Inactives: Fournette Out, Campbell Starts
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for the game today. For the Jaguars star running back, Leonard Fournette is out today with a hamstring injury. However, Calais Campbell who was added late to the injury report with a knee injury is expected to start today.
There was speculation before the game that Campbell could be out. It is possible the Jaguars limit his snaps this week.
Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will start ahead of Fournette. Corey Grant will also look to get in on the fun after only having one touch last week against the Giants.
JAGUARS INACTIVE REPORT
RB Leonard Fournette
LB Leon Jacobs
DT Eli Ankou
OL Chris Reed
OL Josh Walker
OL Will Richardson
DE Dawuane Smoot
— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) September 16, 2018
One surprise on the Jaguars inactive list is rookie linebacker, Leon Jacobs. Although he was injured this week with the ankle injury, he was thought to have been progressing. Look for linebacker Larentee McCray to take his place at SAM linebacker.
PATRIOTS INACTIVE REPORT
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 16, 2018
For the Patriots they are without their starting right tackle in Marcus Cannon. They also get back their starting running back in Rex Burkhead as well as their first-round pick, rookie running back Sony Michel.
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