Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was suspended by the NFL for a game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness, the league announced Monday.
Fournette is expected to miss the 13-week Jacksonville test against the Indianapolis Colts as a result of his role in a battle during Jags' loss to Buffalo Bills on Sunday. He has up to three business days to file a suspension appeal.
NFL Football Operations Vice President Jon Runyan explained why Fournette was suspended from the following statement: "Sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the League will not tolerate misconduct related to games that convey a lack of respect to the game itself and to those involved in it … The video of the incident shows that you did not participate in the play and ran from your side line to the opposite side of the field to insert yourself as an active participant in a fight. member of the opposing team, his actions reflected negatively in the NFL and have no place in the game. "
Fournette and Bills defender Shaq Lawson was sent off the Buffalo victory 24-21 after attending a late-third-quarter clutter. The fight came after Jags's wide receiver, Donte Moncrief, fell with a disputed footprint near the Buffalo goal line. Both teams exchanged shoves as Moncrief and Bills cornerback Levi Wallace fought for possession. Fournette and Lawson were behind each other during the fight and, after being ejected, had to be contained in each other in the tunnel.
"Your siblings are being attacked, they're fighting out there, you're going to have to go there and also protect yours, but at the same time, professional now, I mean, you can not have that," Fournette said. told reporters after the loss. "I apologize to all the children who look at me and all of our fans. The biggest thing is all this loss, totally from me. Fournette also issued an apology on Sunday on Instagram.
With Fournette likely next week, Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon should take the charge against the Colts' 13th defense position.
Fournette is eligible to return to the team on December 3 after the Jacksonville game against Indianapolis.
If Fournette were to resort to it, she would be heard and decided by Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers appointed jointly and compensated by the NFL and the NFLPA to decide the features of the field player's discipline.