Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Despite hand injury, Brady seen at Patriots practice

Despite hand injury, Brady seen at Patriots practice

Back in early September it would have sounded comical to predict an AFC Championship Game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots, but here we are. I don't stop playing till the clock hit zero. The announcement was not made until after televised press conferences were conducted with tight end Rob Gronkowski, safety Devin McCourty, special teams captain Matthew Slater and head coach Bill Belichick - none of whom gave any indication that anything might be amiss with the quarterback. While the Jaguars have won a couple of high-scoring games, most notably last week in a 45-42 victory over the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs, that's not the way the Jaguars need to play against New England. Jacksonville also is one of four franchises to never play in the Super Bowl.

"You learn, ball security would be number one", he said.

"They get lined up and play fast and aggressive, and have an incredibly disruptive front that's deep and talented", Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said of the Jaguars, whose football czar - Tom Coughlin - coached Big Blue in those Super Bowls.

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Ramsey said: "I ain't got too much to say".

The result on Sunday may or may not be in the Jacksonville Jaguars favor, it is safe to say that they are a team on a mission and will be relevant for some time.

Considering Brady and the Patriots' experience in the National Football League since they've won five Super Bowls with him as their quarterback, you would bank on them to get to the big game again this weekend.

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The teams that have conquered New England in the playoffs have usually had a Cadillac pass rush - think 2015 Denver Broncos - and Jacksonville has that, as its regular-season tally of 55 sacks attests. So Jackson said he'll assume that Brady will be the same old Brady. However, for the most part, teams are healthy going into Conference Championship. I know how to prepare as the starter. Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea. "We're very blessed to do it". Sure, they have the presumptive NFL MVP in Brady, but now he's dealing with a hand injury, the severity of which likely won't be known until after the season.

After a insane Divisional Round, you would expect to see a fairly lengthy list of injuries entering this weekend. "That's just been the story this year is that we just all stuck together". He will be a big problem for the Patriots, who may try to neutralize him by running the ball to his side. X-rays showed no structural damage and barring anything unexpected, Brady is still expected to play in Sunday's AFC title game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Granted, Case Keenum was a backup at the start of the season for the Vikings but he's been starting for Minnesota virtually all year.

I have said this in the past about Roethlisberger and I am sorely disappointed that I have to repeat it. "I have no words".

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He's not kidding. The Jaguars are 1-10 all-time against the Patriots and 0-7 in Foxborough.

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