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Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez catches passes at OTAs

Aaron Hernandez provided New England Patriots fans with the lone, positive update today on the injury front, as Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports he ran some routes later on in practice to catch some passes from Tom Brady. Hernandez was one of the limited participants in today’s practice, but he underwent shoulder surgery this offseason so it’s good to hear that he is recovering well and is already running some patterns and catching passes.

The Patriots saw three players go down with injuries during today’s last session of media-access OTAs, with cornerback Alfonzo Dennard‘s left arm or shoulder injury being the worst of them. Dennard had to be carted off, but luckily neither Jake Ballard (left ankle or foot) nor Stevan Ridley (right hamstring) suffered serious injuries. Both were reportedly minor, but both Ballard and Ridley did end up leaving practice.

I’m not concerned about Ridley’s or Ballard’s injuries, and it’s a relief to hear that both of them only suffered minor injuries. Ballard is already coming back from a severe injury, and he could be set for a big role in the Patriots offense if anything goes wrong with Rob Gronkowski. Ridley is a franchise RB, and we can only hope that potential star CB Alfonzo Dennard is okay.

But it’s great to hear that Aaron Hernandez is progressing well, and he can be a big star in this league and truly break out at any moment. If he is full healthy this year, then other teams had better watch out for Hernandez even more. He’s going to be in great health for training camp, and Hernandez sounds revved up for the start of the regular season. This could really be the year for Hernandez, and, again, it’s good to hear Howe tell us that Hernandez got some passes in from Brady.

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