New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is reportedly set to miss the month of September with what has been ruled as a low ankle sprain. Although no time table has been set for the 22-year-old, he will definitely be out for the upcoming AFC Championship rematch against the Baltimore Ravens and will also miss Week 4.
Hernandez is a warrior and will no doubt try to return as early as he can. I hope the Patriots allow him to rest up, because his future health is crucial for the team given the high likelihood of Wes Welker not being on the team in 2013.
The Patriots have signed Kellen Winslow Jr. to a one-year deal, so it appears as if the Pats are willing to ease Hernandez back into the line-up and not rush him back after the injury. I think we end up seeing him back in Week 6 or 7, depending on how he progresses and how quickly the Pats want him back.
The injury to Hernandez means that it is extremely unlikely that Welker will be traded, which seemed to be a possible scenario given the increased usage of Julian Edelman prior to Hernandez’s injury. In fact, Welk was demoted to the No. 3 receiver in favor of Edelman against the Arizona Cardinals before Herny’s ankle injury. The Patriots were likely trying to gauge if Edelman is ready to take over the slot receiver role in the future, with the possibility of trading Welker if Edelman played well enough.
That’s all speculation, as is the expected timeline given the vagueness of the injury news thus far.
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