Aaron Hernandez has been listed questionable on the New England Patriots injury report for each of the past three games, and he has been out for each of the past three games after re-injuring his ankle after returning too soon. The team that injured him again? The New York Jets.
The questionable tag for Hernandez is accurate, but the star tight end will almost certainly be making his return today for the Patriots. In fact, he may have been ready to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday but was held out for added rest due to the short week. With Rob Gronkowski out for a while with a broken arm, that makes it all the more important for Hernandez to make his return today against a team that likes to force the Pats to throw it outside the numbers.
Various reports a couple of days ago confirmed to us that Hernandez will be playing today, but I bet the New England Patriots limit him on his return. They obviously don’t want to run the risk of him re-aggravating the previously sprained ankle, because they already made the same mistake of rushing him back.
I hope that means we see more targets to Visanthe Shiancoe, who is a terrific red zone target and was a solid TE the last time he had a good quarterback throwing it to him. In fact, Shiancoe is basically guaranteed more targets. Hernandez will likely be lining up out wide more often than not because of the presence of solid backup TEs in Daniel Fells and Shiancoe. Fells will likely be charged with pass blocking duties, and we should expect to see Michael Hoomanawanui lined up as the H-back.
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