Report: Hernandez to replace Gronkowski

November, 21, 2012
11/21/12
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We have some good news for the New England Patriots (7-3) and not-so-good news for the New York Jets (4-6).

Hernandez
Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will make his return from an ankle injury on Thanksgiving night against the Jets. This will be a big boost for New England, which lost starting tight end Rob Gronkowski (broken arm) last weekend. Hernandez is another dangerous option in New England’s offense and an even better vertical threat than Gronkowski.

Hernandez missed the past three games, but his timing couldn’t be better. This is a big AFC East matchup where the Patriots could virtually lock up the division with a win and put an end to New York's chances of making the playoffs.

New England took the first meeting at Gillette Stadium with a 29-26 overtime victory.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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