It has been announced that Aaron Hernandez and Patrick Chung will be out for the New England Patriots against the St. Louis Rams, and the fact that both players will be unable to play is a sizeable blow to the heavy favorites. The Pats will still win this game, but the loss of Chung puts an even greater strain on the secondary.
Hernandez was rumored to be out- or possibly out- on Sunday due to the impending birth of his son. However, Adam Schefter has tweeted that he will be out with that ankle injury. He was able to play in the last two weeks against the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets and played well, but his ankle has reportedly “not responded to treatment”.
This is sudden news, as it seemed like Hernandez did not suffer any setbacks after returning in Week 6 against Seattle. The Patriots have a bye week in Week 9, so this gives their star tight end extra rest for his return in Week 10.
Meanwhile, Patrick Chung will miss another game with a shoulder injury after first missing last week’s game against the Jets. He and Aaron Hernandez (DNP this week in practice) did not make the trip to London, and it also means that Steve Gregory is presumably healthy. Chung is solid in run defense, but there is little doubt that Steve Gregory is the better coverage safety and is more important to have back and healthy at this point.
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