New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez injures ankle

New England Patriots superstar tight end Aaron Hernandez has suffered a high ankle sprain in today’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Pats started Julian Edelman over Wes Welker in the slot, with Welker’s contract issue seeming to be the most legitimate explanation for this.

In any case, Welk was brought back in after the bad news of Hernandez’s injury. Losing him gives the Cardinals a better chance to contain the Pats multitude of weapons and a better chance of protecting a slender 6-3 lead thus far after one quarter.

Hernandez’s return to the game is questionable. Donald Thomas is currently starting at the right guard position over Dan Connolly, while Welker can break the Patriots all-time receptions record with one more catch. He would be breaking recent Patriots Hall of Fame inductee Troy Brown’s record.

Hernandez’s leg was seen smashed under Edelman, and hopefully he is able to come back. However, I don’t think we’ll be seeing him play against the Cardinals until at least the fourth quarter- if at all. This is the news no Patriots fan wants to hear.

RotoWorld noted that Hernandez’s injury looks similar to the high ankle sprain that Matt Forte suffered. His injury is unknown and simply described as an “ankle injury”, but it looks like a high ankle sprain to me.

Anyway, why was Edelman starting over Welker? Any specific thoughts?

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