Aaron Hernandez Injury: Updates on Patriots TE's Ankle

Ethan GrantAnalyst INovember 10, 2012

Oct 14, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) celebrates a touchdown reception against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
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Two weeks of rest and practice haven't been enough for Aaron Hernandez to make his return to the New England Patriots lineup. The versatile tight end is not expected to play against the Buffalo Bills this weekend, and his ankle appears to once again be the culprit.


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 20 at 7:56 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, it looks like Hernandez will play on Thursday:

Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez will play Thursday, barring any late setbacks, and despite being limited today. Been out since mid-October.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 21, 2012


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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 11:56 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Boston Globe reporter Greg A. Bedard, Hernandez is expected to play against the New York Jets on Thursday:

Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is expected back for that game. The Patriots held him out today because the short turnaround for Thursday probably wouldn’t have been possible.

That's good news for the Patriots as they prepare to play without Rob Gronkowski who broke his forearm against the Colts on Sunday.


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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 2:58 p.m. ET

Aaron Hernandez is officially inactive for today's contest against the Colts, the Patriots announced on Twitter

Patriots inactives twitter.com/Patriots/statu…

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 8:14 a.m. ET

The Patriots reportedly have ruled out Aaron Hernandez (ankle) for today's clash vs. the Colts, according to CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran.

A source confirmed Saturday that tight end Aaron Hernandez, hobbled most of the season by an ankle injury he suffered in Week 2 against the Cardinals, will not play today against the Colts.

Keep it locked here for the official status on Hernandez later this morning.

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UPDATE: Friday, November 16 at 2:36 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

It appears that the Patriots will have to beat the Indianapolis Colts without the services of Aaron Hernandez. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, he isn't expected to play once again.

Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is expected to sit out Sunday's game vs. the Colts, I'm told. Been out since mid-October after re-injuring ankle

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 16, 2012

As Breer points out, Hernandez hasn't played since mid-October. The Patriots are still considerable favorites against the Colts Sunday but they need Hernandez to get healthy as the playoffs draw near.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 11:36 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Tight end Aaron Hernandez will be inactive for the New England Patriots on Sunday vs. the Buffalo Bills according to ESPNBoston.com analyst Mike Reiss via Twitter:

Pats inactives: TE Aaron Hernandez, S Patrick Chung, DE Jake Bequette, DL Ron Brace, DB Malcolm Williams, LB Tracy White, DE Trevor Scott.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 11, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 8:31 a.m. ET

Rough news for Patriots fans and fantasy owners as Aaron Hernandez reportedly won't play today vs. Buffalo, according to Rotoworld's Staff per NFL's Albert Breer. 

Appearing on NFL Network's First on the Field, Albert Breer reported that Aaron Hernandez (ankle, questionable) "will not play" in Week 10 against the Bills.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports:

Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is not expected to play Sunday vs. Buffalo due to lingering ankle injury. Pats activated TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

—Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2012

After practicing on Friday for the third straight day, there was a sense of hope surrounding his availability for this weekend.

However, it appears the medical staff is not comfortable enough with his ankle to risk any further injury. Hernandez has played in just four games this season so far.

He did not make the trip with the team to London for the game against the St. Louis Rams, a surprise to many outside the organization after it was thought that he was healthy enough to participate. After a Week 9 bye and another full week of rehab before the game against the Bills, Hernandez's ankle still hasn't responded well enough for him to be activated.

He has just 17 receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns this year. He's an important part of the offense when healthy and makes for a dangerous twosome with Rob Gronkowski.

Keep checking back with Bleacher Report for all the latest on his status for Sunday, what it means for your fantasy football team and if there's any hope of him suiting up this weekend.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.