Fantasy owners can never just have nice things. The amazing — like Reggie Bush returning to being late 2011 Reggie Bush, C.J. Spiller averaging over 10 yards per carry through his first two games(!!!), and Danny Amendola catching all of the footballs (15 receptions for 160 yards as of this writing), or Eli Manning throwing for 510 yards — always comes with an event which crushes our souls.
So with that I give you Aaron Hernandez, one half of the Patriots’ tight end juggernaut who left New England’s upset loss to Arizona today in the first half with an ankle injury. Shortly after he left word trickled out that the injury did not involve a bone bust of any kind, as his ankle isn’t broken. While that sounded encouraging, there are still muscles in feet and ankles that can be stretched, torn, and twisted, all of which sounds quite painful.
That’s why Pro Football Talk‘s Mike Florio is reporting that Hernandez will be out for up to six weeks. Please send someone to guard all bridges everywhere.
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There’s already been enough fantasy disappointment in Foxborough today so far through just over one quarter of football. Any lead at any point over the Patriots for the Cardinals and their offense led by Kevin Kolb is more than any lead anyone thought they’d have, and they currently lead 6-3.
So yeah, there’s that. Tears in beers, computers in bathtubs, etc.
And now here’s this.
This also seems quite appropriate again…
Hernandez’s return to the game is questionable. Rob Gronkowski owners will immediately benefit from this, as will Wes Welker owners possibly as he’ll inherit the targets that Hernandez takes away with his slot ability.
We’ll update this post as more information becomes available. Stay safe out there, you guys.
UPDATE: His ankle isn’t broken, so that’s good.
The Patriots made tight ends cool again. Prior to last year, a tight end was just something that gets you noticed on a Saturday night, but only if you happen to be standing beside, say, Tony Gonzalez.
Now since the Patriots did super awesome feats of strength with their tight ends last year, everyone else wants to grow a pair too. Often imitated but never duplicated until maybe this season, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez quickly became unique options at the position for Tom Brady.
Of the two, Gronk often handled the deeper duties last year and functioned as a mutant wide receiver in a tight end’s body, while Hernandez took on a more traditional role with the intermediate routes as he provided an outlet up the middle. Or at least it was traditional until later in the year when Hernandez started taking handoffs. That was just weird, but it worked because Belichick said so.
Now we’ll be seeing more experimentation and further mocking of traditional tight end values. After locking up Gronkowski to an eight-year deal worth $55.2 million earlier this offseason, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year contract extension Monday morning, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston. With Gronk under contract until 2019 and Hernandez signed thru the 2018 season between this extension and the year left on his current contract, the Patriots’ tight end tandem isn’t going anywhere.
For Patriots fans, this Monday instantly became less crappy, as long as you didn’t have an assortment of eggs and spinach hurled in your direction while walking to work. And for fantasy owners of Hernandez, and also Gronk and Brady in any format — but especially dynasty and keeper leagues — this already feels like a Friday. In fact, I give you permission to leave work, and go sign up for the navy. Don’t ask why, just do it.
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