Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez to have MRI

New England Patriots tight end- or whatever position you want to classify him as- Aaron Hernandez will undergo an MRI today on his ankle, which may confirm that it is a high ankle sprain- as we are so inclined to believe. The news of an MRI for Hernandez comes to us from a source close to ESPN Boston.

Pro Football Talk reported yesterday that Hernandez could miss up to six weeks due to the ankle injury, which would definitely be a blow for the Patriots for that period of time. Wes Welker will be utilized more often again after having 95 receiving yards last game and moving to the top of the Patriots all-time receptions leaderboard over Pats HOFer (feels good to type that out- the description, not the change in hands at the top) Troy Brown.

Hopefully the MRI brings forth good news, but at least the Pats are well stocked as far as pass-catchers go.

It’s terrible to see Hernandez out for an extended period of time, because this is is year to break out. He should be the most productive pass-catcher for the Pats this season, so the time out due to injury is certainly a blow to both him and the team- no matter the wealth of talent in the receiving game. But of course, it’s better to have him out now than to have him injured later on in the year or in the postseason- if that’s any consolation at all to someone.

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