New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been out of action since Week 2, when he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Arizona Cardinals, could be listed as a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

As we’ve become accustomed to with head coach Bill Belichick, we won’t officially know his status until Saturday at the earliest, but we do know he was absent for Friday’s practice that is open to the media. Belichick did confirm Hernandez practiced late last week, and again Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, so if you really read into things, having his bags packed for the long cross-country trip makes you think he will take the field in Seattle. At least he hopes he will.

The Patriots offence currently sits first in the NFL in yards per game with 439.4, with Tom Brady ranked seventh in passing yards. Having his two-headed monsters back on the field (Gronkowski being the other of course) will only help the offence against a Seattle defence that ranks first in the NFL, allowing only 258.6 yards per game, and more specifically, holding opponents to just an average of 192.0 passing yards per game.