Hernandez situation 'cloud' over Patriots head?

Hernandez situation 'cloud' over Patriots head?
July 25, 2013, 11:15 pm
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On "Uno Sports Tonight," Hardy from 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Boston's Globe's Ben Volin talk about the Patriots leaving behind the Aaron Hernandez situation as football begins.

Gary Tanguay said the Hernandez case will be a "cloud that's going to hang over this team."

Maybe it will off the field, Hardy said, but the team captains' statements on Thursday seem to separate it from the on-the-field, day-to-day work.

"They made no indication this is going to impact X's and O's," Hardy said.

Volin said the timing of not having Hernandez could have an impact.

"You wish, if you were the Patriots, that this happened before the draft and before free agency, so they had a chance to prepare [for Hernandez's absence]," Volin said.

Could the case become a rallying point in the locker room?

"Maybe you use it to build around what's left in that locker room?" Hardy said. "But I can't see any positives from it."