New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is still on a four to six week timetable, and he is no longer wearing a brace on his right ankle. He sustained a low ankle sprain in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals early in the game and is expected to return between Week 6 and Week 8.
It’s good to see that Hernandez- well-regarded for his toughness- is continuing to make progress on that ankle. He will be almost certainly be out for Week 4’s AFC East battle against the Buffalo Bills, but he no longer needs a walking boot.
Shane Vereen has been out for the first three weeks of the regular season after being injured in Week 2 of the preseason and never returning. Vereen has been limited in practice for an extremely long time, and he was once again limited yesterday. The foot injury continues to bother him, and most of us should expect him to miss his fourth straight game this week.
It’s troubling to see that Vereen still can’t get healthy, because the Pats could use him as a No. 2 back to spell Stevan Ridley. Nothing against Danny Woodhead, because it isn’t his fault that Josh McDaniels utilizes him incorrectly and gave him 15 carries against the Baltimore Ravens this past week. Woodhead needs to be used like Darren Sproles and other scat backs, not like Vereen who is a change-of-pace back.
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