The Jaguars' top-ranked scoring defense proved again that its strong start to the season is no fluke, suffocating a Bengals (3-5) offense that mustered just one touchdown and was shut out after halftime. He had one reception for 6 yards.
They also could have made it worse if they hadn't settled for Josh Lambo field goals of 32, 56 and 25 yards.
Cornerback Jaydon Mickens returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown with 14:35 left in the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars a 23-7 lead. It's been reported that Fournette missed the team picture, a workout and a treatment session for his ankle during the bye week but the Jaguars have said they'll have no further comment on the situation. T.J. Yeldon slotted seamlessly into Fournette's spot at the Colts and rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on nine carries to keep Jacksonville atop the National Football League in rushing offense at 169 yards per game. Ramsey shoved Green after the whistle blew on a 1-yard run by Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon.
Both players received personal foul penalties and were ejected.
The moment that will have the league talking occurred late in the first half.
Without Fournette available, Ivory stepped up and carried the load and most pleasantly for Jaguars fans Blake Bortles had a strong first half.
Lee finished with a team-high eight catches for 75 yards. The Jaguars converted 12 of 18 third downs.
Roughly 90 minutes before kickoff on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jaguars announced that Fournette would be inactive for violating team rules. Bortles completed six of nine passes on the drive for 58 yards, and Ivory rushed three times for 24 yards.
The fumble recovery was Cincinnati's first of the season.
Even after Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack flew into the scrum and bowled the two over, Green was still trying to throw haymakers. So if Fournette's absence contributes to a loss on Sunday at home against the Bengals, it could have long-lasting implications on their playoff prospects.