JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The actions of Jaguars Running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon did not sit well with Jacksonville executive vice president Tom Coughlin, who unloaded on the two after Sunday’s loss to Houston.
Fournette, who was inactive because of a foot/ankle injury, also Yeldon sat on the seat throughout the game also seemed disinterested in anything that was happening. That prompted Coughlin to launch an inaugural statement after the match at NRG Stadium.
“I’m disappointed at the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette,” Coughlin said. “They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming a professional football player.”
Yeldon, whose contract expires in March and is not likely to go back to Jacksonville, didn’t play a snap against the Texans.
Fournette missed six full half and games two others with a ideal hamstring injury from the first eight weeks of the growing season and was suspended without cover its team’s Dec. two match against Indianapolis afterwards departing the seat and getting into a struggle the week against Buffalo.
There was mounting frustration inside the organization about the length of Fournette’s rehab from the injury, also that point away apparently influenced his conditioning. He looks heavier than he reported for training campwhen he said he was down to 223 pounds — his smallest weight since his sophomore season at LSU. Throughout the Dec. 23 game against Miami, the CBS broadcast team said Fournette, who reported at 240 pounds being a rookie at 2017, told him that he was 233 lbs.
It’s unusual for an NFL player to gain weight through the summer, also Fournette managed to accomplish much, if any, conditioning during the time he was rehabbing his hamstring. Nevertheless, it has been seven weeks since he returned into the lineup.
Fournette was caught on video crying at a fan in the stands through the team’s embarrassing loss to Tennessee on Dec. 6. The videoclip published on TMZ.com shows Fournette yelling he was about to”beat your ass” at an unknown buff before two different people walk up and escort Fournette a way.
Fournette, whom the Jaguars drafted fourth overall in 2017, has hurried for 439 yards and five touchdowns and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry this season.
Yeldon had been the Jaguars’ main back whilst Fournette was wounded and ran for 414 yards and one touchdown in 14 matches this season. He was the Jaguars’ second-leading receiver with 55 catches for 487 yards and 4 touchdowns.