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.