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Patriots Aaron Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is looking to work on staying healthy and performing workouts that will help him do this this offseason. Hernandez has never been fully healthy through his first three NFL seasons, and he sprained his ankle badly in Week 2 last season. That injury severely limited Hernandez through the beginning and middle of the season, and it was really only until December when Hernandez was able to consistently contribute to the team due to health reasons.

But now, it sounds like the ankle wasn’t the only thing bothering Hernandez. According to Ian Rapoport, Aaron Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason and will not be able to participate in the Patriots OTAs and mini-camp. He moved to L.A. to work out heavily with Tom Brady this offseason, and Hernandez is a potential breakout player if he can stay healthy. However, Hernandez had not been working out with Brady recently, as Brady and Danny Amendola were the Patriots duo working out at USC.

Now, we know why Hernandez wasn’t working out with Brady, and we can only hope that the shoulder surgery he underwent was to repair a minor injury. The Patriots have seen both of their star TEs go down with injuries during this past season, and they both needed surgeries this offseason as well. Injuries are a part of the game, but the Patriots have been hit as hard as any team with them over the past year.

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