New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) was held out of practice Thursday, reports Christopher Price of WEEI. It's a concerning setback for the tight end, who got in a limited session on Wednesday.
Hernandez missed three games with an ankle sprain suffered in Week 2. He returned in Week 6 and didn't miss a beat, grabbing six catches for 30 yards and a TD against the Seahawks.
Fantasy Impact: Midweek downgrades in practice are almost always bad news, but with Bill Belichick it's impossible to tell. Reading the tea leaves, I expect Hernandez to be listed as questionable and possibly a game time decision, but he should be ready to play.
When healthy, Hernandez is one of the best tight ends in the league. If active Sunday, he's an easy TE1 play against the New York Jets.