New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is practicing again and could be available for Week 6′s game against the Seattle Seahawks in Washington. Hernandez was able to practice twice last week and has a shot at returning from his ankle injury that was sustained in Week 2 and playing a little bit ahead of schedule. He is a tough player, so the fact that he continues to make strides and practice bodes well for his availability against the tough Seattle defense.
A big reason why having Hernandez back against the Seahawks will be so great for the Pats is because the Seahawks feature big cornerbacks who do a great job pressing receivers. Richard Sherman was an extremely underrated breakout rookie last season, and he frustrated Carolina Panthers star wide receiver Steve Smith into a variety of mistakes this past week. Having a versatile tight end who can align towards the outside in Hernandez would be huge for New England against those corners.
Free safety Steve Gregory did not practice with a hip injury, linebacker Tracy White is out with a foot injury that happened in the victory over the Denver Broncos, Julian Edelman is still not practicing due to the hand injury he sustained in Week 3′s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and top blocking tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is currently suffering from a concussion and is not practicing today.
It would also be nice to have “Big Mike”, who has been very good as a run blocker this year and would certainly help Stevan Ridley run it against one of the best run defenses in the league in Seattle; a run defense that rivals the Patriots.
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