Hernandez suffered a MCL injury September 18 against the San Diego Chargers and has not played since. CSN New England's Tom Curran believed that Hernandez's injury would keep him out of action for four to six weeks, so "it'd probably be unfair to expect Hernandez to be a full-time player in just the third week."
The Patriots listed Hernandez as questionable on this week's injury report. He missed practice Wednesday, but practiced Thursday and Friday. Hernandez has 14 receptions for 165 yards and no touchdowns in just two games this season. Via SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit, "the Patriots' tight ends are destined to have a big day today." The Pats have Rob Gronkowski available if need be.