Aaron Hernandez was spotted at practice Thursday for the New England Patriots, according to Shalise Young of the Boston Globe. Hernandez has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury suffered in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Hernandez was also able to participate fully in practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday due to the birth of his first son. He had 11 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown combined over Week 6 and 7 before going back to the sideline in Week 8 due to a setback.
Fantasy Impact: Barring another unforeseen setback, Hernandez is expected to suit up Sunday when the Patriots play the Buffalo Bills. The Pats' proved in Week 6 that they aren't worried about any rust by targeting the young tight end nine times coming off a four-week layoff.
The Bills' secondary is terrible, having given up 16 passing touchdowns this season while intercepting just six passes. Hernandez is safe to use as a TE1 if you need him this week.