Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez are two of the most talented pass-catchers around, and both New England Patriots standouts have been suffering from ankle injuries this season. Hernandez’s ankle has been an issue ever since he sprained it early in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. Meanwhile, Welker came into last week’s game questionable on the injury report and ended up leaving the game in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a minor ankle injury.
Both of those two are resting up, as Hernandez missed last week’s game against the St. Louis Rams after suffering a setback in Week 7 against the New York Jets. He came back from the ankle sprain in Week 6 and was able to catch a touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks, but he missed out on the London trip two weeks later due to sudden complications.
Welker’s injury is off less concern going forward, because he only “rolled” his ankle. The Patriots were exercising due caution by pulling him out, and he didn’t even have a limp when going in the locker room. In fact, there is no concern here. He should be back to his best against the Buffalo Bills after the bye.
Aaron Hernandez and Kyle Arrington were not practicing today, and it looks like it’s merely extra rest for the star TE at this point. Arrington suffered what looked like a significant head injury on Sunday, while Hernandez is receiving an important day off. There’s plenty of time before the Bills game, so I also expect Hernandez to be ready by then.
All in all, it’s mostly good news on the injury front.
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