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With the loss of Welker and Lloyd, and Gronk potentially unavailable for the start of the season, there’s nothing the Patriots need more on offense than a full healthy season out of Hernando.
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Looks like we’ll be without Hernandez once again…
Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is expected to sit out Sunday’s game vs. the Colts, I’m told. Been out since mid-October after re-injuring ankle— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 16, 2012
Remember all the talk about how Hernandez needed to prove he could stay healthy before getting a contract extension? Well he got the extension and he certainly hasn’t proven he can stay healthy.
It’s hard to believe he’s only played four games this year with 17 catches for 143-yards and two touchdowns. He’s quickly gone from having expectations of an unstoppable season to just hoping he’s healthy for the stretch run.
Hard to say if he’ll play against the Jets on Thanksgiving, but perhaps it’s best to shut him down then too, get him the break on the mini-bye and bring him back against the Dolphins.
Aaron Hernandez back at practice, to return against Seattle?
Albert Breer reports that looks like the target.
Pregame work for NE-DEN — Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is a virtual certainty to miss the Bronco game, I’m told, but could be back for Wk 6.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 4, 2012
And more good news is that Hernando was back at practice today. Report from Jeff Howe:
Big news on the Patriots injury front today. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski returned to practice.
Hernandez had been out with an ankle injury, and Gronkowski missed yesterday’s session to rest his hip ailment.
Hernandez was limping a bit after running his first route during positional drills and was testing his ankle when he was off to the side. He looked fine after a drill a few minutes later when he had to really stutter-step and plant his feet before turning for the ball.
Hernandez strolls through locker room. No limp or ankle protection.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 27, 2012
Well that’s a positive any way you cut it, eh?