What a way to spend an offseason. Some sun, some working out, some quality time with Tom Brady. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Well, that appears to be a quick summation of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's foreseeable future, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez has rented a place in Manhattan Beach, Calif., so he can take part in workouts with Tom Brady this offseason. Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 5, 2013
Also, Hernandez will work with Brady's personal trainer Alex Guerrero. Guerrero oversaw knee rehab for both Brady and Wes Welker. Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 5, 2013
Hernandez finished the 2012 season with 51 catches for 483 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing six regular-season games with an ankle injury.
After undergoing back surgery earlier in the day on Friday, Rob Gronkowski is back on his feet and cracking jokes.
The injured Patriots tight end posted a video of himself on his feet with the assistance of a walker captioned "Rehab day 1! "Can't nobody hold me down... Oo no I got to keep on movin"
In the video, Gronk takes a few steps and says, “Dance floor tomorrow night. . . here I come.”
Watch the video below [NSFW language from Gronk's dad]
FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report for Sunday's game with the Rams is out. While they'll be without one big name, but their others are still very much in play.
Rob Gronkowski, who was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Friday, has been ruled out. Jordan Richards, who is dealing with a knee issue and has not practiced this week, will also be held out of action on Sunday.
Tom Brady (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Chris Hogan (back) -- all of whom practiced on Friday -- have been listed as questionable for the Rams game at Gillette Stadium. Special teamer Nate Ebner (concussion) returned to practice on Friday and is also questionable, as is Trey Flowers (shin) and Elandon Roberts, who popped up on the injury report with a jaw issue Friday.
Special teams captain Matthew Slater missed Friday's session after participating on both Wednesday and Thursday. He's been ruled as questionable. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton is also questionable after missing his second straight day of practice with an illness.
If Slater and Ebner are at all limited this weekend, coupled with the loss of Richards, the Patriots kicking game would be significantly impacted. Hogan took reps as the team's personal protector on the punt team earlier this week and may fill that role should Ebner miss time.