FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 16: Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots is taken from the field after suffering an injury against Arizona Cardinals in the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Aaron Hernandez is out for a few weeks with an ankle sprain. We break down the fantasy implications.
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is definitely out for Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, reports James Walker of ESPN Boston, and may not return until October at the earliest. Hernandez left Sunday's game against the Cardinals in the first quarter and did not return. He was later spotted in crutches and a walking boot.
Fantasy Impact: The Pats didn't specify what kind of injury Hernandez suffered, but there's good reason to believe it's a high ankle sprain, one of the most dreaded injuries a receiver could suffer. Regardless, it's a massive blow to fantasy owners, who will have to scramble to replace the Top 5 TE. It's now up to Wes Welker and Julian Edelman to keep the attention off Rob Gronkowski.
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