Hernandez (shoulder) surgery will limit offseason work

Hernandez (shoulder) surgery will limit offseason work
April 16, 2013, 10:00 am
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When Aaron Hernandez decided to head to the West Coast for the offseason, part of his motivation was said to be the proximity to Tom Brady.
 
The tight end and quarterback could hook up and work on timing after an injury-marred 2012 for Hernandez.
 
But the shoulder surgery Hernandez reportedly had performed in the offseason may have limited the amount of time the two players can work together.
 
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted Tuesday that Hernandez had offseason surgery that would “knock him out” of offseason workouts and minicamps.
 
Rapoport added that Hernandez figured to be ready for training camp in late July.
 
That Hernandez had a procedure isn’t a surprise. While the first injury he suffered in 2012 was a severely sprained right ankle in the season’s second game, his shoulder seemed a bigger limitation for him as the season went along.
 
In late December against Jacksonville, Hernandez appeared hesitant to maximize his catching radius and put himself in harm’s way on a few occasions. He caught one of six passes sent his direction in that game.
 
A week earlier, he caught 10 passes for 92 yards in a hard-hitting game against the 49ers but was targeted 19 times in that game.  
 
While it’s far too early to get hung up on either Hernandez or fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski missing regular-season games, the sooner they are available, the better (obviously…).
 
With Danny Amendola taking over for Wes Welker, Jake Ballard becoming an active participant this year after being on IR in 2012, and Donald Jones another new addition at wide receiver, having Hernandez in the mix to get those players enmeshed will be important.