Aaron Hernandez returned to practice Thursday for the New England Patriots, according to Shalise Young of the Boston Globe. Hernandez had been sidelined since Week 2 due to an ankle injury. Fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski also returned to practice coming off a hip injury.
Fantasy Impact: Neither tight end practiced Wednesday, but the big story here is Hernandez. While a return in Week 5 is unlikely, he could join the team in Week 6 to take on the Seattle Seahawks. That is swift progress off of what was initially believed to be a high ankle sprain. Gronkowski, meanwhile, was able to play through his hip issue last week and is expected to do so against against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.