After toying with our emotions the last few weeks, it appears Aaron Hernandez will fill the void created by Rob Gronkowski’s broken forearm when New England travels to New York on Thursday night.

Hernandez was expected to play against the Colts on Sunday, but the Patriots’ braintrust opted not to rush the versatile tight end back. It’s that kind of foresight that makes Gronkowski hitting the field on a meaningless extra point attempt in a blowout all the more baffling. Come on, Bill.

Interestingly enough, Hernandez last saw the field against the Jets in Week 7. In that game he was targeted seven times by Tom Brady, catching five balls for 54 yards. In contrast, Gronk caught six passes for 78 yards and two scores. This bodes well for Hernandez owners.

Keep an eye on the Pats’ injury report as Thursday night approaches, but for now all signs point to the return of AH.