The Jacksonville Jaguars are putting Alfred Blue back on the injured reserve, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The team signed a one-year deal with AFC South rivals Houston Texans after five seasons in the off-season.
Blue injured his ankle against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2 of the preseason. At the time, it was considered a minor sprain of the ankle. According to James Johnson of Jaguars Wire, the following happened:
Blue was just about to kick the ball in the stomach when defender Vinny Curry attacked him and rolled Blue’s ankle under him. After that game, Blue hobbled to the sideline and was disfellowshipped as the second quarter rolled around. He left the game with four porters for five meters that night.
Blue should be Leonard Fournette’s backup. While he’s not a particularly efficient runner (career 3.6 meters per try), he’s a powerback who rarely does the wrong thing. He’s a consummate professional who became a fan favorite in Houston, but maybe that’s because fans just wanted to yell, “You’re my boy, Blue!”
Without blue, the Jaguars have another one on the roster in rookie Ryquell Armstead, who was on the concussion log during training camp. Jacksonville will likely look for another back after a litter of them was cut on Saturday.
Notable names include Josh Adams and Jay Ajayi – each fitting their desire for power behind Fournette.