Aug 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) prior to the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Aaron Hernandez will likely play against Seahawks

New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to play today, but he will almost certainly be limited to a high degree against the Seattle Seahawks. Wide receiver Julian Edelman has been ruled out for the third straight week after injuring his hand in Week 3, which makes Hernandez a better chance of playing.

He sprained his ankle early in the Week 2 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and the timetable was set at four to six weeks. If he returns today, then he has basically hit the “best-case scenario” point of the deadline. He will most likely be playing today, and I expect him to get a handful of targets.

Greg Bedard  tabbed Hernandez for 15-20 targets and wrote that he will “try to push it”, as the star TE is one of the toughest players in the league and will want to make as much of an impact as possible.

A talking point during the week was whether or not Hernandez would even make the trip to Seattle, but he has and is such a talented player that he can make an impact even if in a limited role whilst also being less than 100%. He’s going to be a game-time decision, but there is a better chance he plays today than not. In fact, there is a very good chance he plays, but he will be getting around 20 snaps.

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