The New England Patriots were without Dan Connolly, Logan Mankins, and Wes Welker for the second straight practice, but star tight end Aaron Hernandez was able to practice for the second straight day. That’s definitely great news for the Pats, as they missed him last week against the Buffalo Bills. He has missed two straight games since suffering a setback on his sprained ankle against the New York Jets.
Hernandez was a somewhat surprising game-day inactive against the Bills, because he did practice three times last week. It seems like his ankle is nearly fully healed, but his absence last week shows us that it is dangerous to assume that he will be playing this week. Still, I highly expect that the Indianapolis Colts will have to account for Aaron Hernandez on Sunday.
Linebacker Tracy White is out for a while now, but the recent cut of LB/ST Jeff Tarpinian (same roles as White) was a hint that White could be on his way back. He was able to stretch in today’s practice, but he left shortly after.
It looks like Hernandez is continuing to make progress after suffering multiple setbacks to the ankle he injured in Week 2, and it never looked like he was fully back into it after returning from the sprain against the Seattle Seahawks and Jets. But he has reportedly looked even better in practice this week, and it would be a surprise to see him out.
Wes Welker is likely getting some rest, but things will get interesting if he is not able to practice tomorrow. However, Welker is like Calvin Johnson; his team can afford to rest him for a week’s worth of practice and still play him.
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