Aaron Hernandez not expected to play

It looks like the setback that Aaron Hernandez suffered on his ankle a few weeks ago is more severe than we thought, as the New England Patriots superstar tight end is expected to miss the Week 11 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, per Albert Breer. In fact, Breer tweeted that Hernandez “re-injured” the ankle that he sprained  early in the Week 2 loss against the Arizona Cardinals.

Aaron Hernandez returned within the timetable and caught a touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks, but that setback may have occurred the following week during the narrow victory over the New York Jets. Hernandez has not played since missing the trip to London to face the St. Louis Rams, and he was a sudden game-day scratch last week against the Buffalo Bills. What makes things even more interesting is that the TE has been able to practice throughout the past two weeks. Yes, he’s even practicing today.

But it looks like the Indianapolis Colts won’t have to account for Hernandez, making Visanthe Shiancoe a key for this team as the No. 2 pass-catching TE on the Patriots. It will be interesting to see how New England uses Shiancoe as far as blocking vs. catching goes, and I believe he will be getting more time as a receiver than blocker.

The Pats still have top blocking TE Daniel Fells in the fold, but he was actually held out of last week’s game as a healthy scratch. I’d like to see him play more often, because his blocking ability makes him better than Shiancoe. However, the absence of Hernandez means that the Patriots need more receiving ability at the position to make up for the loss of the game’s best pass-catching tight end.

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