Well there's good news and bad news.

Aaron Hernandez is likely out on Sunday, this should probably be expected. He didn't miss practice all week, but he didn't last week either. I think the team is probably just not going to take any chances with him after he re-aggravated his injury last month. He hasn't played since the Jets game, and I say that they should continue to keep him out.

The team has plenty of depth at the tight end position and the offense (1st in the league) hasn't suffered tremendously without him.

The Patriots won't benefit from a 50% Hernandez, they need him as close to 100% as possible. If that means making him miss all of November, I'm all for it. As long as he's healthy against the Texans and 49ers and in the playoffs.

The good news is apparently, Wes Welker and Dan Connolly returned to practice today after missing all week. That's a good sign. Still no guarantee that they will play but its definitely more encouraging than missing every practice.

If the Patriots had to go against the Colts without Hernandez and Welker, they might be in trouble. Welker rolled his ankle at the end of the Buffalo game.

As for Logan Mankins, I wouldn't expect to see him for awhile. There's even been some talk of whether or not the Patriots should sit him for the season. I hope it does not come to that, but honestly is an unhealthy Mankins better than a Donald Thomas or Nick McDonald?

He's missed games before and the offensive line hasn't seemed to miss a beat. That's not to underplay his value, but it's to say it's not worth throwing him out there and risking further injury. He signed a big contract and the team will want to protect him.

Michael Saver 11/16/2012 02:41:00 PM Edit

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