Fournette said that his quadriceps injury shouldn’t prevent him from playing in Sunday’s game against the Texans, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports.
The injury kept Fournette on the sideline for the second straight day of practice Thursday, perhaps suggesting that it’s more than a minor concern for the star rookie. Fournette noted that he likely would require reps in practice in order to feel prepared for the Week 15 matchup, so it’s expected that he’ll be on the field in some capacity Friday. If Fournette is listed as a limited rather than full participant in that session, he’ll likely carry a questionable designation heading into the weekend.
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Fournette said he was injured when he caught a screen pass and was pushed out of bounds early in the third quarter of Sunday’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He remained in the game and finished with 101 yards rushing, including a 13-yard run on third-and-11 with less than two minutes to play that sealed the victory.
“The running backs take the most licks of anybody on the field and put our bodies on the line,” he said. “Like I said, that’s our job, and it’s how we bounce back from it by taking care of our bodies, needling [acupuncture] and stuff, the things you do to be a pro athlete.”
Fournette said he has been rehabbing with ice, massage and acupuncture to ensure that he can get on the field for Sunday’s home game against Houston. If the Jaguars (9-4) beat the Texans (4-9), they will clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2007.