By: Ian Logue
Aaron Hernandez’s x-rays reportedly came back negative following his injury on Sunday. (FILE:USPresswire)
Some good news following Sunday’s injury to Aaron Hernandez, it appears that for now he’s at least not lost for the season.
According to WBZ Hernandez suffered a high ankle sprain and x-rays were negative, which was at least a good sign. He was later seen by reporters on crutches and in a walking boot, but hopefully this means that he’ll at least be back later in the season.
Hernandez played in nearly every snap last week and appeared once again to be a big part of the game plan on Sunday, which appeared to have him picking right up from where he left off last week where he finished with 7 targets for six receptions and 59 yards.
Last week they moved him around quite a bit and on Sunday he was targeted right off on their first offensive play of the game, which ended up being picked off after the ball was tipped. His injury came on just their second play of their next possession, and it seemed to throw off whatever the game plan was, so much so that even Bill Belichick and Tom Brady seemed a little vexed after the game when talking about how they reacted offensively once he left the field.
“I don’t know…” said Belichick, who normally doesn’t show much but actually seemed a little frustrated when asked after the game on the affect losing their tight end had on the offense. “You can’t just go into the game and just count on one guy, any guy. I mean, everybody’s got to be ready to adjust. It’s not the first time a player’s been injured in a game.”
Brady also said the right things, but he even appeared a little flustered while talking about it.
“Who knows…” said Brady when asked how much his loss affected the game plan. “We have an offense with him in the game and without him in the game. Guys go in and out, and you lose guys over the course of a game and you’ve got to be able to adjust. I’m sure he’s not going to be the only one we lose this year at some point, but we’ve got to figure out a way to still move the ball effectively throughout the course of the game enough where we can and score more than, whatever, 18 points.”
Through two games Hernandez had 6 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots, and how they react next weekend against the Ravens should be one of the more interesting storylines of what is suddenly shaping up to be a challenging season.