Unfortunately for Aaron Hernandez, you can’t (stationary) bike to London. (Stephan Savoia / AP)
The New England Patriots led the charge for last season’s tight end revolution as Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez teamed up to shred opposing defenses with their size and pass-catching abilities.
On Sunday in London, the St. Louis Rams will only have to deal with one half of New England’s tight end duo after the Patriots left Hernandez stateside to treat his nagging ankle injury.
Hernandez played in each of New England’s last two games after missing three games with the injury, which came late in Week 2 when teammate Julian Edelman rolled up on Hernandez’s ankle as he was tackled. Despite the rest, the ankle has not responded well to treatment and Hernandez continues to struggle with making cuts, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Last week Hernandez declared himself back to form, telling reporters, “It healed and I’m better now.”
The 22-year-old tight end tied for fifth in the NFL in receptions (79), fourth in receiving yardage (910) and tied for fourth in touchdowns (7) among all tight ends a year ago. That production landed him a massive five-year contract extension in the offseason.
Hernandez has 17 catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.