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Jaguars vs. Texans: Thursday Injury Report, Fournette Absent

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans have released their Thursday injury report ahead of their week 17 matchup at NRG Stadium. For the Jaguars, they will likely be without Running Back Leonard Fournette once again. Fournette has been injured for much of the season with a quad injury, however, this injury is new. The RB injured his foot/ankle in their week 15 matchup against the Washington Redskins and has yet to recover fully even though he suited up just last week.

Limited yesterday, apparently Fournette tweaked his ankle/foot yet again as he was absent from practice today. This is an indication he will likely not suit up against the Texans this Sunday. Dave Williams, T.J. Yeldon, and Carlos Hyde will carry the load for the Jaguars running game in the meantime.

The newest member to the Jaguars injury report is Free Safety Tashaun Gipson. Gipson has avoided serious injury all season and was limited today with a foot ailment. A better indication on whether or not he will play this Sunday will come tomorrow on the status report. Cornerback A.J. Bouye will likely miss this weekends matchup as well with a toe injury.

The other notable absents on the injury report for the Jaguars are to OL Josh Wells and Kicker Josh Lambo. Neither practiced and neither will likely suit up in the season finale. Luckily for the Jaguars, they will be getting back Receiver D.J. Chark who will be able to get one last chance at valuable reps with the 2018 roster. The likely thought process is hoping he can have a good game and build on it for next season.

Below are the injury reports for both teams:

JAGUARS:

CB A.J. Bouye (Toe): Did Not Participate

K Josh Lambo (Groin): Did Not Participate

OL Josh Wells (Concussion): Did Not Participate

RB Leonard Fournette (Ankle/Foot): Limited Participation

QB Cody Kessler (Right Shoulder): Limited Participation

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quad): Full Participation

TEXANS:

WR Keke Coutee (Hamstring): Limited Participation

DE Christian Covington (Knee): Limited Participation

S Andre Hal (Ankle): Limited Participation

WR DeAndre Hopkins (Ankle): Limited Participation

CB/S Kareem Jackson (Knee): Limited Participation

CB Johnathan Joseph (Neck): Limited Participation

RB Lamar Miller (Ankle): Limited Participation

S Justin Reid (Shoulder/Wrist): Full Participation

DE J.J. Watt (Knee): Limited Participation

*The Houston Texans have an abundance of injuries. And for that reason I have limited the reporting of their injury report to the most important/impactful players on the injury report.*

For the Texans, they are luckily getting back injured running back Lamar Miller it looks like for this weekends matchup. Miller was out the past couple of weeks with an ankle injury. They also will be getting back Christian Covington today as he was limited yesterday.

None of the other players on the Texans injury report have changed status from yesterday to today. The true injury report will be revealed tomorrow when the status report comes out. In the meantime, they hope to get everyone healthy in time for the playoffs. It would not be surprising to see a couple of players for the Texans not suit up in a game they normally would.

This game has high stakes, however, with the bad play of the Jaguars it is possible the Texans will not view them as a formidable opponent with the playoff berth already locked up.

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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