According to Adam Schefter, New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is not expected to play against the Buffalo Bills. The ankle injury he suffered in Week 2 is still “lingering”, and it’s due to a setback he suffered after the narrow victory over the New York Jets. Hernandez played in the previous game against the Seattle Seahawks after making his return from the nasty ankle sprain, but he missed the game in London against the St. Louis Rams due to the injury.
Hernandez did not practice to start the week on Tuesday, and it was likely because his daughter was being born. The Pats also had a full-pads practice scheduled for that day, so they probably wanted to give their TE some rest and ease him into it. He was able to put in limited practices throughout the week starting on Wednesday.
So this is some surprising news that Schefter is reporting Hernandez is not expected to play today against the Bills, but it does make a lot of sense. The New England Patriots did activate TE Visanthe Shiancoe from the injured reserve designated to return list, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Shiancoe play immediately in Week 10 and cut into Daniel Fells’s snaps.
Let’s see if Aaron Hernandez is able to beat the odds and return against Buffalo, but the Shiancoe activation is indication that we won’t be seeing the top pass-catcher melting Buffalo’s defense. Oh well, it’s time for Rob Gronkowski to have another huge game against the Bills and build on his demolition of the Rams in Week 8.
Best wishes to Hernandez, and he deserves the rest. I guess we’ll be seeing him having a big game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11.
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