FOXBORO -- The Patriots' most versatile weapon may be in disrepair for a while. Aaron Hernandez had his lower right leg rolled up on a second-and-9 play with 7:03 left in the first quarter. Hernandez was blocking downfield for Julian Edelman on the left sideline when Edelman was tackled into Hernandez's leg. Hernandez was announced as having an ankle injury and his return was deemed questionable. Watching the replay, it did appear that Hernandez avoided a compound fracture which occurs when the leg or ankle completely gives and the bone snaps. The concern immediately becomes that Hernandez suffered a high ankle sprain and will be sidelined for an extended period. Last season, Hernandez missed two games with a sprained MCL and, even after his return, took some time to round back into form. The Patriots' reliance on Hernandez's versatility is well-documented. He lines up at wideout, tight end, slot receiver and in the backfield. The Patriots won't be crippled by his absence, given the array of weapons they have. But he's so unique there is no direct backup to him.
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Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow.
On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.
Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings.
Everyone trying to guess what another man is thinking and projecting that into the world is irresponsible.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) February 22, 2017
Damn reports are like the people that talk during the movie trying to guess who the killer is.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) February 22, 2017
Ass-umptions.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) February 22, 2017
And stop @'ing me about taking less money. You take less money and your job? All of you take a pay cut hahaha.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) February 22, 2017
Anyways I love you all. 🤗🤗 I hope you all get a raise today or tomorrow.— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) February 22, 2017