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Belichick says Hernandez could be a game-time decision

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Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s bags are packed, but Bill Belichick isn’t saying whether Hernandez is ready to go.

Anyone familiar with the Patriots coach won’t be surprised to hear that Belichick offered very little insight into Hernandez’s status for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Mike Rodak of ESPNBoston.com reports that Hernandez, who is trying to return from an ankle injury, was not on the field at the portion of Patriots practice open to the media and Belichick didn’t give much of a hint about whether that was indicative of his chances of playing in Seattle.

“We’ll just have to see how it goes here,” Belichick said Friday. “He practiced late last week and did some things yesterday and Wednesday. We’ll see how he is today and see if it set him back, or didn’t set him back, and how that went. We’ll have the day to evaluate it on Saturday, and we’ll see where we’re at on Sunday. It could be a game-time decision.”

Belichick then added that the team might know his status before they board the cross-country flight, which suggests that having a packed bag in front of his locker isn’t a sign that the decision has been made to send Hernandez on the trip. It would be unusual for the Patriots to bring Hernandez with them if they don’t think he has any chance of playing, although nothing Belichick said Friday leads us to believe such a decision has been made.

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14 Responses to “Belichick says Hernandez could be a game-time decision”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 12, 2012 1:22 PM

    An alternative headline might read, “Exceptionally Intelligent Head Coach Continues to Keep Opponents Guessing and Off-Balance.”

  2. nopuntintended says: Oct 12, 2012 1:29 PM

    A guy that close to playing, after limited practice for a few weeks who could theoretically play – why not bring him along, if for no reason other than to decoy?

    It’s not as though he would be totally devoid of rehabbing an injury in Seattle, it’s only a couple days, and it doesn’t provide the opposing defense any clarity on his situation.

    Bring him along one way or the other makes the most sense, regardless of if they know his status is “out” already.

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 12, 2012 1:30 PM

    Would it be unusual to bring him along or would it be vintage Belichick trying to make sure that everybody is on their toes?

  4. jward9478 says: Oct 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    Meanwhile, Belichick is bringing in Shannon Sharpe, Jay Novacek, and Ben Coats for tryouts

  5. baloneyjohn says: Oct 12, 2012 1:50 PM

    Come on Billy baby. My FF team needs this guy. I can only play a bunch of also rans for so long. I need his points.
    Give us some help.

  6. phillynac says: Oct 12, 2012 2:05 PM

    You don’t want a guy rehabbing an injury flying for 10 hours up and back. That is why he wouldn’t go.

  7. azarkhan says: Oct 12, 2012 2:07 PM

    Hernandez may be more valuable then Gronkowski, so it makes sense to take a wait-and-see approach regarding his health.

  8. vcupats says: Oct 12, 2012 2:09 PM

    Pats will need on hands on deck for that Seattle D in the loudest stadium in the NFL. Should be a good matchup.

  9. nopuntintended says: Oct 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    @phillynac

    He’s rehabbing an ankle – he’s not suffered a heart attack, stroke or concussion or something.

    I’ve spent years working in exercise rehabilition and early and safe return to work for the average individual. I can’t imagine why you would think that 5 hours on a flight (each way) is going to aggravate his injury in any way.

    Whether he’s sitting on the plane, or sitting in his domicile back in New England, those 5 hours are going to lapse.

    It’s not as though the Pats won’t have trainers along for the trek and should he “really” need rehab while in the air then absolutely they can bring portable ultrasound, laser treatment, ice packs, etc. There’s nothing going on for those 5 hours that will aggravate his injury any more than his limited participation in practice has been.

  10. jeffchason says: Oct 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    Logan Mankins tore his ACl and played the entire season plus 3 playoff games. After offseason surgery he was back for training camp… Im just sayin’

  11. ampats says: Oct 12, 2012 2:51 PM

    It is more important that Hernandez is as close to 100 % for the next two months so if he needs another week or so,let him sit.

    Its not like the Offense is suffering without him and his return will take it to another level.

  12. kisstherings says: Oct 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    @nopuntintended says:Oct 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    @phillynac

    He’s rehabbing an ankle – he’s not suffered a heart attack, stroke or concussion or something.

    I’ve spent years working in exercise rehabilition and early and safe return to work for the average individual. I can’t imagine why you would think that 5 hours on a flight (each way) is going to aggravate his injury in any way.

    Whether he’s sitting on the plane, or sitting in his domicile back in New England, those 5 hours are going to lapse.

    It’s not as though the Pats won’t have trainers along for the trek and should he “really” need rehab while in the air then absolutely they can bring portable ultrasound, laser treatment, ice packs, etc. There’s nothing going on for those 5 hours that will aggravate his injury any more than his limited participation in practice has been.
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    You must not be very good at your job dude. Because being on a flight for 5 hours at high altittude can absolutely have an effect on an injury if he had had a set back and there was swelling involved etc.

  13. NakedCowboy! says: Oct 12, 2012 6:32 PM

    do they really need rush him.back?
    Pats have looked awesome last 2 weeks… this offense might be better than 18-0 team… they still lack a down field threat but everything else is firing on all cylinders…

  14. nopuntintended says: Oct 12, 2012 8:57 PM

    @kisstherings

    Again – mild, mostly recovered ankle sprain. He’s 4 weeks removed from the original trauma. We have no reason to believe he’s experiencing any significant swelling if he’s been on the field practicing for two weeks – certainly not enough to warrant not traveling, if that were the case then each and every player with significant residual soreness (the majority of them, I’m sure) may be a liability to travel. Also, he’s absolutely not traveling like a regular joe, but rather with trainers available and portable rehabilitation if need be.

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