Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez returned to practice Wednesday for the New England Patriots, according to Christopher Price of WEEI.com. Gronkowski missed three straight practices for undisclosed reasons. Hernandez missed practice Tuesday, also for undisclosed reasons.
Analysis: Whatever was wrong with the tight ends, we may never know at this point. The fact that Bill Belichick didn't feel the need to clarify is probably an indication that neither problem was overly serious. Still, it is somewhat frustrating that we don't have a sense of whether Gronkowski or Hernandez may be dealing with something lingering. Anyway, they should be two of the first tight ends off the board regardless. Gronkowski is still a tick ahead of Hernandez on draft boards, but you won't go wrong either way. Both are supremely talented and will be heavily featured in a tight end-drunk, pass-first offense.