JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Fourth-year defensive end Yannick Ngakoue will miss the first game of his NFL career when the Jacksonville Jaguars play at Houston on Sunday.
Coach Doug Marrone ruled Ngakoue out Friday because of a hamstring injury suffered in the opener.
Marrone says: "It's a shame. I spoke to him and he really wants to play. He's like, 'I want to play. I don't really care. I want to get out there.'" Marrone adds that "you don't really see that a lot, but that's how he's been."
Ngakoue is third in franchise history with 29½ sacks.
Left tackle Cam Robinson has been cleared to play, but Marrone will hold him out as a precaution. Robinson hyperextended his right knee a few days before the opener. Second-year pro Will Richardson will make his second consecutive start at left tackle.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye (hip) and receiver Marqise Lee (knee) are listed as questionable, although Marrone does not expect Bouye to play. Second-year pro Tre Herndon is expected to start in his place.
Backup offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring) and rookie tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring) also are out for the second straight week.