The New England Patriots lost both star tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez for significant chunks of time in the 2012 season, and the health of those two key players on offense will be important heading into next year with a younger, less certain situation at wide receiver (at this moment in time, as it should be noted). Gronkowski’s status for the start of the 2012 season is in some doubt, while Hernandez reportedly underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason and will not participate in OTAs or mini-camp. That’s the reason why Hernandez could not work out with Tom Brady right off the bat, despite moving into L.A. this offseason for that reason- to work on building up stamina and working with Brady.
Hernandez has a chance to break out and become an even bigger weapon in this league soon, so it is important for him to be healthy next season. Sadly, Hernandez has never been healthy for a full season through his first three NFL seasons, but he isn’t injury-prone by any means, and I am optimistic that things will change.
We never heard of Hernandez suffering from a shoulder injury last season, as Hernandez really only seemed to suffer from that nasty ankle sprain that transpired in Week 2. But Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that Hernandez needed shoulder surgery.
Now what’s the good news? According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, Hernandez’s injury was just a “minor scope”, which is what most of us expected. There is no reason to freak out about Hernandez’s status at all, because he is going to be ready for training camp. Bedard also notes that if this was the regular season, Hernandez would have been back “much quicker”, so the Patriots are just expecting due (really, obvious) caution in the offseason with Herny.
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