One familiar target goes down and another one comes back to town for the New England Patriots.
With that, we can probably deduce that Hernandez will be out awhile.
Branch had solid numbers over the past two years for the Patriots (99 receptions, 1,408 yards, 10 touchdowns since joining the team), but the team felt better with more tight ends and less wide receivers on the initial 53-man roster, and Branch was a surprise cut as a result. Now, without one of their most important weapons on offense, the Patriots have turned to a known commodity to compensate for some of the lost production.
Here's some more news around the AFC East this Wednesday morning.
According to Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland swore at a fan who criticized the job he's done with the team.
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Alok Pettani of ESPN's Stats and Info blog says the Patriots should have run the ball more at the end of the game.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News points out that an incomplete pass to wide receiver Santonio Holmes in the end zone changed everything in the Jets' loss to the Steelers.
Jeff Capellini of CBS New York writes that the Jets are facing an early must-win against the Dolphins.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.