Harrison: Week 10 predictions
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NFL.com and NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Saturday that Hernandez is not expected to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills because of a lingering ankle injury.
This is a disconcerting sign for Hernandez, who didn't travel with the team to London to play the St. Louis Rams in Week 9, then got more time to rest the ankle during the Patriots' bye week.
The Patriots activated Visanthe Shiancoe to the 53-man roster earlier Saturday, a hint Hernandez's status was in doubt. Hernandez was limited in practice this week and was one of 14 Patriots listed as questionable for the game against the Bills.
Hernandez suffered a low ankle sprain in Week 2. He returned to the lineup in Week 6, playing in two games before the team opted to leave him home when they traveled abroad to beat up on the St. Louis Rams.
Hernandez didn't look quite right in the game action he did see, another possible reason why the Patriots have seemingly reversed course with their versatile playmaker.
UPDATE: Breer reports Hernandez's injury is not a new one, but the tight end came back too quickly from the old one. Hernandez's sprained ankle, which had some high ankle damage, was diagnosed as a four-to-six-week injury and he returned after four weeks. If the tight end is able to play next week against the Indianapolis Colts, it would be an additional four weeks since he saw game action.