Patriots’ TE Aaron Hernandez left Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers in the second half with an apparent leg injury. Last night during the Monday Night Football broadcast, ESPN reported that Hernandez would miss 1-2 weeks with an MCL sprain. Comcast Sports Net is reporting that it could be 4-6 weeks. That’s a blow to the Patriots who were featuring heavily Hernandez and fellow TE Rob Gronkowski. Through the first two weeks, Hernandez 14 catches for 165 and 2 touchdowns. His production will be tough to make up, so Gronkowski, his brother Dan, and the rest of the receiving corps are going to have to step up.
The Pats play their next two games away against the Bills and the Raiders. Following the Raiders game, the Pats host the New York Jets. If his recovery is in the 1-2 week range, they may hold Hernandez out of the Raiders game even if he can play to be sure that he’s fully recovered and ready for the Jets game.