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Rapoport tweets Leonard Fournette unable to practice with hamstring strain

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Rapoport tweets Leonard Fournette unable to practice with hamstring strain

The Patriots will face the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday in a rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game, a 24-20 Pats victory. The status of the premier offensive weapon for the Jags, running back Leonard Fournette, is unclear.

Fournette is officially listed as day-to-day, making him questionable for Sunday's matchup. The second-year running back is one of the top rushers in the league. He finished eighth in the league during his rookie campaign with 1040 yards and nine touchdowns in just 13 games. In the AFC Championship, Fournette rushed for 76 yards on 24 carries, including a touchdown.

Rushing defense was an area where the Patriots struggled in Week 1. They allowed 167 rushing yards to the Houston Texans, the fourth most by any defense. 

Should Fournette be unable to play, the Jags would feature T.J. Yeldon. The fourth year back has 1,509 yards and five touchdowns on 375 career carries.

 

Reggie Wayne reveals why short time with Patriots was 'best job ever'

Reggie Wayne reveals why short time with Patriots was 'best job ever'

Reggie Wayne wasn't an employee of the New England Patriots for very long, but it certainly wasn't a waste of time.

Wayne was a free agent in 2015 after a brilliant 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted the wide receiver in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He signed with the Patriots in the preseason that year, and included in his contract was a $450,000 signing bonus.

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The veteran wideout ultimately decided to retire before Week 1 of the regular season. Wayne offered to give back his signing bonus, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told him that wasn't needed. As you might imagine, Wayne was very appreciative of the gesture.

“I went up to him and I said, ‘Hey, this is what it is. I know got a signing bonus. I’ll give it back, no biggie,” Wayne said on the "Hellipod" podcast with NFL Media's Dan Hellie. ”Bill Belichick told me to keep it, man. Told me to keep it. I’m like, ‘Hey, you ain’t got to bend my arm back twice.’ He told me to keep it. And that was love, man. And I always had respect for him. I’ve heard people and seen stuff that he’s done on camera of his respect for me, and maybe that was just his sign of appreciation. We had a lot of battles against that team, so he told me to keep it. We kept it in the bank. I appreciate it. Hey, the best job ever.”

Earning $450,000-plus for a couple weeks of work is pretty good. That really does sound like the best job ever.

Wayne's also correct when he says the Colts had a ton of battles against the Patriots. Whether it was the many memorable regular season games or the classic playoff matchups in 2003, 2004 and 2006, Wayne had a front row seat to one of the best rivalries in league history.

It didn't work out with the Patriots, but it sounds like Wayne left with plenty of respect for Belichick and the organization.

Want Tom Brady's old car? QB is selling tricked-out Cadillac Escalade

Want Tom Brady's old car? QB is selling tricked-out Cadillac Escalade

Tom Brady really is intent on starting a new life in Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers quarterback already parted ways with his Brookline, Mass., home after leaving the New England Patriots in free agency. Now, Brady is putting his car up for sale.

This isn't just any car, of course: Brady is selling his 2017 stretched Cadillac Escalade ESV, which was custom-designed by Becker Automotive Design and cost the QB a cool $350,000.

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What does $350,000 get you in a car? Well, it's 20 feet long, and the inside essentially feels like a stretch limousine, with two "6-way electric reclining VIP seats with electric leg rests," two "aviation style folding tables hand veneered in a burl wood finish" and two television screens: one a 32-inch HD LCD screen and the other a 12-inch rear screen.

Here's a video "tour" of Brady's ride, because that's a thing:

 

In fact, the ex-Patriots QB loved his car so much that he even made a statement about it, claiming it actually helped boost his productivity.

"Parting ways with my Becker ESV won’t be easy," Brady said, via Becker's website. "From day one it became my sanctuary from the outside noise. I took pride in picking out all the customizations of the ESV; from the trim of the seats to the color of the rug.

"With such limited time in my busy schedule the ESV gave me those extra minutes to study my play book, make phone calls and be with my family. Immediately my productivity went up and my stress came down. I hope the next owner will take great care of her; she will always be a part of the Brady family."

There you have it: Patriots fans have a 2017 Escalade in part to thank for the team's Super Bowl LIII victory.

The Cadillac is currently going for $300,000, so if Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham wants to spend half of his rookie signing bonus, the wheels are all his.