Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue will miss Sunday's game at Houston because of a hamstring injury sustained in the team's season-opening home loss to Kansas City.
It will be the first game Ngakoue will miss in three-plus seasons. The only game he hasn't started since the Jaguars selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft was the season opener of his rookie year.
"It's a shame," coach Doug Marrone said. "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.'
"You don't really see that a lot but that's how he's been."
Rookie Josh Allen, the seventh overall pick in April's draft, will start in Ngakoue's place.
Ngakoue is third in franchise history with 29.5 sacks and also has 10 forced fumbles and 30 tackles for loss.
Tight end Josh Oliver and offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi also have been declared out with hamstring injuries, the Jaguars announced Friday.
Left tackle Cam Robinson (hyperextended right knee) has been cleared to play against the Texans, but Marrone is opting to hold him out as a precaution. Robinson also missed the season opener with the right knee injury. He missed the final 14 games of 2018 with a torn left ACL and only came off the PUP list on Aug. 12.
"Just want to make sure that he gets the work in," Marrone said. "He's missed a lot of training camp."
First-year player Will Richardson will make his second consecutive start in Robinson's place.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye (hip) and receiver Marqise Lee (knee) were listed as questionable, though Marrone said it was doubtful Bouye would play. Second-year player Tre Herndon likely will start in his place.
--Field Level Media