Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone says that rookie running back Leonard Fournette has a foot injury and that the team is “being careful with him,” according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.
The Jaguars selected Fournette, who played his college football at LSU, with the fourth overall pick of the NFL Draft back in April.
The 22-year-old Fournette carried the ball nine times in Jacksonville’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots, rushing for 31 yards and a touchdown.
After the Jaguars’ 31-24 win, Fournette commented on how the NFL game is not as fast as people make it out to be.
“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette said, according to James Palmer of NFL.com. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC, that kind of helped me a lot. I think, to me, it was really easy.”
Fournette had a spectacular three-year collegiate career at LSU.
During his freshman season, he carried the ball 187 times and rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The following year, the New Orleans native was even better, racking up an incredible 1,953 rushing yards off of 300 attempts, reaching the end zone 22 times on the ground. He also added a receiving touchdown.
Fournette’s junior campaign was marred by a high-ankle sprain that persisted throughout the season and kept him out of the Citrus Bowl. In seven games, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder totaled 843 yards and eight scores on 129 carries.