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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Wednesday Injury Reports, Fournette, Linder DNP

Demetrius Harvey

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Aug 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) throws the ball around on the sideline during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off of a week one victory over the New York Giants. During the game, a couple of key players got hurt including starting running back Leonard Fournette. Today is the first day we get a look to see whether or not he will be participating in practice with his sore hamstring.

Head Coach Doug Marrone stated on Monday the injury was a “minor” hamstring injury. The first official injury report between the Patriots and Jaguars has been released today.

The Jaguars stated Brandon Linder will not participate in practice every Wednesday of this season. He is still nursing a knee injury that occurred in the Jaguars preseason win over the Buccaneers. This should not come as a surprise to anyone when he is listed, and he should be participating throughout the rest of the week.

Below are both team’s injury reports:

JAGUARS

RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring): Did not participate

LB Leon Jacobs (ankle): Full participant

C Brandon Linder (knee): Did not participate

WR Jaydon Mickens (Knee): Full participant

RT Jermy Parnell (Knee): Limited participant

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Core Muscle): Limited participant

PATRIOTS

RB Rex Burkhead (Concussion): Did not participate

TE Jacob Hollister (Hamstring): Limited participant

RB Sony Michel (Knee): Limited participant

T Marcus Cannon (Calf): Limited participant

DB Nat Ebner (Knee): Limited participant

The Jaguars have a lot of injuries this week, however, none of them seem too major. Head Coach Doug Marrone stated on Monday they would like to see where Fournette is at later in the week and that they will take their time with it.

Fournette possibly could miss Sunday’s game and if that occurs, the Jaguars will have to rely on TJ Yeldon along with fan favorite, Corey Grant to carry the load. Marrone seemed optimistic about Fournette’s ability to play this weekend, even going as far as to say even if he misses practice all week, he could still play.

As for the rest of the Jaguars injuries, they all seem minor and the only one continuing to keep an eye on is Austin Seferian-Jenkins with the core muscle injury. Usually, these types of injuries players can play through and get cleaned up at the end of the season (See: Allen Hurns).

Sometimes they opt for in-season surgery (see: Dede Westbrook), however, I would not worry about that too much. We will see as the week progresses for the rest of the Jaguars players.

For the Patriots, their injury reports often times can be tricky, however, it seems as if everything is pretty straightforward. Rex Burkhead is the major injury to watch as he did not participate with a concussion. If he does not go, look for James White to get the majority of the reps there. As well as Sony Michel although he is being brought along slowly with the knee injury.

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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