The New England Patriots will be down one big weapon in their showdown with the Indianapolis Colts, as tight end Aaron Hernandez has been ruled out of Week 11's game with an ankle injury, according to a report from Comcast SportsNet New England.
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.
Hernandez was one of the breakout stars of the 2011 NFL season. He had 79 receptions with 910 yards and seven touchdowns in helping lead a dynamic Patriots offense to the Super Bowl.
The 23-year-old tight end was rewarded for his brilliant play last season with a five-year contract extension from the Patriots. Along with Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots were supposed to have the most dominant set of tight ends in the NFL.
However, an ankle injury has kept Hernandez down virtually all season. He has played in just four games and racked up 17 receptions, 143 yards and two touchdowns.
Hernandez initially hurt the ankle in Week 2 against Arizona. He was blocking for a screen pass when one of his teammates rolled on his leg and ankle. He sat out for three games before returning in Week 5 against Seattle, when he manage six catches for 30 yards and a touchdown.
After playing in Week 6 against the Jets, Hernandez's ankle started flaring up again and he sat out the last two games. This will mark the third-straight game that the Patriots won't have their star tight end on the field.