- Jacksonville Jaguars president Tom Coughlin released a statement after Week 17 criticising running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon.
- Coughlin called the two players “disrespectful” and “selfish” after both sat on the bench for most of the game, looking disinterested.
- The Jaguars were reportedly frustrated with Fournette for much of 2018, and Yeldon is unlikely to return to the team in 2019.
Jacksonville Jaguars president Tom Coughlin released a statement on Sunday criticising running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon after the team’s Week 17 loss to the Houston Texans.
During the game, Fournette, who was inactive, and Yeldon mostly sat on the bench, looking disinterested. Afterward, Coughlin called them “disrespectful” and “selfish” in a statement.
“I am disappointed in the behaviour today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette,” Coughlin said. “They were disrespectful, selfish and their behaviour was unbecoming that of a professional football player.”
According to ESPN, there was mounting frustration in the organisation with Fournette over his rehab from a hamstring injury, his weight, and his behaviour on the field. Fournette was ejected and suspended after leaving the bench in an altercation with the Buffalo Bills. Video also showed Fournette threatening a fan during an altercation.
The Associated Press reported that the team voided Fournette’s contract guarantees after his suspension.
While Fournette struggled with injuries and efficiency in 2018, Yeldon had a solid season, producing over 900 yards from scrimmage with 5 total touchdowns. He did not play in Week 17. His contract expires this offseason and is unlikely to return to the Jaguars, according to ESPN.
The Jaguars finished the season 5-11. Head coach Doug Marrone’s job is said to be secure, but there could be other overhauls on the roster.
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