New England Patriots: Aaron Hernandez Out Up To Six Weeks
The New England Patriots lost a stunner at home to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, with their usually explosive offense anything but the norm. Adding insult to injury (pun intended) the Patriots two-headed monster at tight end will be solo for quite some time.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez left the game with an ankle injury and never returned. We have now learned via ProFootballTalk.com that Hernandez will miss up to six weeks because of the injury. Though this is terrible news for the Patriots, they have to be thankful it isn’t worse. Hernandez’s ankle could have been broken, which would have likely ended his season.
Without Hernandez, the Patriots base offense with both Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski will become moot. Quarterback Tom Brady won’t have two tight ends that can create mismatches, enabling opposing defenses to key on just Gronkowski now. I don’t think the Patriots should be panicking, but there should at least be a cause for concern.
Well, at least Hernandez wasn’t seen dancing on his injured ankle after the game.
A potential lengthy loss of Hernandez is good news for Rob Gronkowski, who will be all by himself as the team’s top tight end, while it also should mean the offense could start relying more on slot man Wes Welker again.