Once again, the New England Patriots have listed both of their tight ends as questionable. Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were limited in practice since Wednesday, but they will both almost certainly play on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Hernandez did not practice on Tuesday, but that was likely due to the birth of his daughter and a little bit of extra rest. It was a full-pads practice, which is not something you want a healing player to be rushed into to start a week’s worth of practice. Hernandez returned from an ankle sprain and played in two games before suffering a setback and missing the trip to London against the St. Louis Rams. Herny is healthy after the bye and will be ready to put in a big game against the Bills defense.
Rob Gronkowski has been listed questionable with a hip injury rather consistently throughout the season, but the warrior of a TE hasn’t missed a game this season. One of the top 15 players in the league so far this year, Gronk’s blocking ability is unmatched at the position and only Hernandez and Jimmy Graham are better receivers at TE.
Despite the questionable label, Gronkowski is pretty much a guarantee to play against Buffalo and it will be interesting to see how often the Patriots use him as a blocker or pass-catcher. When Hernandez plays, he obviously stays in to block more often. However, he went off against the Rams in Hernandez’s absence and was uncoverable the first time he played against Buffalo (no Hernandez either).
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