BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was ejected from Sunday's game against the Bills late in the third quarter after a brawl broke out between the two teams.
During Monday's news conference Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said he wasn't sure if Fournette would be suspended for his actions. The answer came a couple of hours later.
NFL has suspended Jags RB Leonard Fournette one game for his conduct Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2018
Fournette appealed the one-game suspension with the league, but the NFL appeals officer denied that request and Fournette will sit out of Sunday's game against the Colts. He can return to the active roster on Monday, the NFL said.
The Bills game brawl followed a pass from Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief that was initially ruled a touchdown, but later overturned. Moncrief and and Bills' cornerback Levi Wallace both were holding on to the ball when Moncrief landed near the goal line. After the touchdown was called, neither would let loose of the ball.
Tempers then flared. While Moncrief and Wallace continued to battle for the ball while on the ground, Leonard Fournette, who had run 18 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the game, ran to aid teammates who were pushing and shoving with the Bills. Fournette and Lawson then exchanged blows, with Lawson taking Fournette's helmet off during the melee.
Fournette and Lawson were both ejected and continued jawing into the tunnel leading to the locker rooms.
Fournette has been suspended one game by the NFL for this altercation on Sunday. https://t.co/nKUffwvy3m— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 27, 2018
Moments later, the Jaguars had another touchdown wiped out, this time due to a penalty. A screen pass to wide receiver Dede Westbrook was reversed on a holding call. The Jaguars settled for a field goal attempt, but Josh Lambo missed for the first time this year on a field goal attempt under 50 yards.
In the end, it was yet another loss for the Jaguars. The Bills beat the Jags 24-21. This marks the seventh straight loss in a row for the Jaguars.
After the game, Fournette apologized when speaking with reporters in the locker room and again on Twitter:
Just want to apologize to the fans and kids out there was totally out of character was in the heat of the moment in a important game, emotions got the best of me apologize again to you all....— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) November 25, 2018