Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez Back In Patriots Practice: Fantasy Implications

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: (L-R) Rob Gronkowski #87 and Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots react after Gronkowski caught a 24-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez returned to Patriots practice Wednesday. We break down the fantasy implications.

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.

For more on the Gronkowski, Hernandez and that Pats, check out Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston.

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