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Patriots-Jaguars: ESPN’s Adam Schefter gives injury updates for Tom Brady, Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, and Leonard Fournette

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Which players will suit up and which players will sit out?

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared a few injury updates on Twitter ahead of the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to start and is still debating whether or not to wear a glove on his throwing hand to protect his stitches. Reports from every single reporter indicate that Brady won’t just be fine to play on Sunday, but that he’s in better shape than expected. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that Brady threw half of his passes during Friday's practice without a glove and that he looked “great and ready”.
  • Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is the player responsible for Brady’s hand injury and is dealing with a knee injury of his own, but is expected to play. The Patriots will lean heavily on their running backs against the Jaguars and Burkhead’s availability will certainly help lighten the load for Dion Lewis and James White, especially in the red zone.
  • Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is not expected to play due to his knee injury, but he was always a healthy scratch when Lewis, Burkhead, and White were available to play. He’s at the back-end of the running back depth chart.
  • Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette battled an ankle injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round, but has “improved enough” over the past week and should be ready to once again be the bellcow for Jacksonville.
  • Jaguars SS Tashaun Gipson, who was listed as questionable on Friday's final injury report with a foot injury, is expected to play per Ian Rapoport.

So both teams will be at relatively full strengths heading into the game. Hopefully they can stay that way until the final whistle.