Jaguars rookie RB Fournette, WR Lee out vs. Bucs

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:32 PM Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Marqise Lee have been ruled out of the team's upcoming preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday.

Fournette, who is the fourth overall pick of the 2017 draft, is nursing a nagging foot while Lee sustained an ankle injury on Sunday. The Jaguars face the Buccaneers on Thursday.

"We're just being smart on it," Marrone said of Fournette's injury, per ESPN. "Obviously we're going to be smart with him and Marqise, so we'll probably hold those guys out for at least until after the game."

Fournette made an impact both with his play and words in Jacksonville's preseason game against the New England Patriots on Thursday. The 22-year-old rushed nine times for 31 yards and a touchdown before telling reporters that he thought the NFL was "easy."

"It's a lot slower than I really thought," Fournette told at the time. "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 amassed 3,830 yards at LSU over three seasons.

Lee was injured while running a route in the middle of the field during 7-on-7 drills.

Drafted in the second round by the Jaguars in 2014, Lee suffered a hamstring injury during the first half of his rookie season and missed three games before finishing with 37 catches for 422 yards and one touchdown. The 25-year-old missed six of the first eight contests of the 2015 campaign because of a hamstring injury.

Lee was healthy for the entire 2016 season, catching 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 30.3 yards on 18 kickoff returns, including one he took back 100 yards for a touchdown against the Houston Texans.

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