Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 11:43 AM
By: Jay Morrison - Staff Writer
Neither starting running back play in Jacksonville today, as Jeremy Hill is inactive for the Cincinnati Bengals and Leonard Fournette for the Jaguars.
The Bengals are saying Hill is inactive due to an ankle injury, while Fournette is being disciplined.
“Leonard Fournette is not playing in today’s game due to an infraction of a team rule,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. “This has been addressed internally, and further details will not be made public.”
Fournette leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns with six and sixth in rushing yards (596).
Hill was not on the injury report, so the ankle issue must have happened during pregame warmups. His absence means rookie Joe Mixon is expected to make his first career start.
The Bengals also will be without kicker Randy Bullock, who reported tightness in his back earlier in the week, leading the team to sign Marshall Koehn on Saturday.
Koehn will make his NFL debut.
Also inactive is rookie wide receiver John Ross as a healthy scratch. Ross saw his first action since Week 2 when he played six snaps in last week’s win against Indianapolis. Cody Core missed that game with a concussion but was cleared to return earlier this week, leaving Ross as the odd man out in a receiver rotation where fourth-round pick Josh Malone has surpassed him.
Malone is active for the third week in a row after catching his first career touchdown last week.
Wide receiver Tyler Boyd (knee) and linebacker Kevin Minter (elbow) were ruled out Friday with injuries.
The other inactives are offensive linemen Christian Westerman and Alex Redmond.