The time table for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to return from his low ankle sprain is 4-6 weeks, according to a source close to the NFL Network. He suffered the injury three plays into the Pats 20-18 loss against the Arizona Cardinals.
If Hernandez is able to return in four weeks, then that would put him on track to face the Seattle Seahawks, the team that newly signed veteran tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. last played for.
The signing of Winslow likely points to the Patriots wanting to ease Hernandez back from the ankle injury instead of rushing him back, which would be less prudent. Hernandez is a very tough player and will obviously want to come back whenever possible, thus making 4-6 weeks an accurate time table going forward for both parties.
An absence of six weeks for the star tight end would put him on track to face the Pats third NFC West match-up of the season; a game that will be played in London’s venerable Wembley Stadium in Week 8. The week after the game against the Rams is the Pats bye week, which is also something to consider when discussing Herny’s time to return.
Let’s hope Winslow can prove me right for speaking well of him, and I think he is still a solid pass-catching tight end who has not declined nearly as much as some people will have you think. The most concerning thing is the health of his right knee, but Winslow is just 29 and still has talent. We’ll see how the Pats move forward with Hernandez, and I wish him a quick recovery and good health in the future.
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