The New England Patriots have been vague and noncommittal on the Week Seven availability of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who’s been sidelined since Week Two with a high ankle sprain. The Patriots are vague and noncommittal without fail when it comes to injury situations, so this is no departure from their standard operating procedure.
Hernandez is listed as questionable on the Week Six injury report. He was limited in Wednesday and Thursday’s practices, but did not practice on Friday.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, though, Hernandez’s travel bag was all packed up on Friday to make the team flight to Seattle for Sunday’s clash with the Seahawks. Howe suggests Hernandez was held out of Friday’s practice because the Patriots’ practice field was wet, and he’s trying to come back from a tricky ankle injury.
Howe also surmises that Hernandez could be available for a limited role at Seattle.
We’ll have more updates in Hernandez on Sunday. For now, it looks like his status could go either way. The Patriots may not decide whether to let Hernandez play until a pre-game workout to see how he’s getting around.