New England Patriots: Health of Leonard Fournette is crucial in Week 2

Giants’ big-money lineman won’t hide from that awful start

Leonard Fournette looked good early in the Jaguars' season-opening win over the Giants in NY, but the star running back suffered a hamstring injury and was forced to sit for most of the contest.

Fournette, who jogged on the side at practice Thursday afternoon, said he liked his chances to play Sunday.

"It's definitely the most important game of my life", said Jack. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone told reporters the injury was "minor" and Fournette is day-to-day, though the team isn't looking to hurry the rusher back too soon.

"I think we have to be prepared obviously for the game-plan stuff that they know that we do defensively". "We feel like we're going to be in the playoffs, so we want so to gain home-field advantage". "I believe the couple pass interference penalties and all of a sudden they get on themselves with the everyone's out to get us, the officials, the Patriots".

Marrone also said Wednesday he had no problem playing Fournette if the second-year veteran doesn't practice this week.

"Even when I'm not practicing I'm still in the film [room] every morning, going over things", Fournette said.

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While we've stated how important it is for Blake Bortles to make the right throws when the team calls his number, it goes without saying the biggest key will be to control the clock by running the ball - and doing so effectively.

Last season, Fournette totaled 1,090 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games.

So in that spirit, Tom Brady is eager to find out what this season's Patriots are capable of Sunday when they pit themselves against the team they topped in last year's AFC title game, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Just have to see.

Fournette was asked about balancing the desire to play with being smart about the injury early in a 16-game season. "So, I think we have to be ready for that and not fall asleep because he is a really good runner and a big guy".

Fournette said he had a more severe hamstring issue while running track in high school.

"My main focus is to strengthen it back up, get the swelling or whatever that is in there [down], and come out Sunday and play".

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