FOXBORO -- Aaron Hernandez had limited participation all week at practice, but was not present at the media portion of Friday's practice as the Patriots prepare for their trip to Seattle.
Still, prior to Friday's session, coach Bill Belichick even went so far as to call Hernandez a potential "game-time decision" as the tight end gets closer to returning from an ankle sprain.
"We'll just have to see how it goes here," said Belichick. "He practiced late last week and then did some things yesterday and Wednesday. So we'll see how he is today. We'll see if that set him back or didn't set him back, or how that went.
"And then we'll have the day to evaluate it on Saturday, and we'll see where we're at on Sunday," Belichick said. "So, I don't know. He could be a game-time decision. Maybe we'll know soon, depending on what information we have today, or before we leave. We'll just have to see how it goes."
Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room.
"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."
Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.
During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday.
As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.
Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court.
After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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