Aaron Hernandez hoped he could see some more action after returning from an ankle injury he suffered earlier this year, but he’s simply not ready to return. The Patriots have officially ruled Hernandez out of New England’s contest against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. As a result, the Patriots have activated tight end Visanthe Shiancoe off the revokable injured reserve list and he’s available to play on Sunday.
Hernandez missed the Patriots game in London against the Rams after suffering a setback just days before the team left. He unexpectedly didn’t make the trip overseas with the team and is now inactive for a second straight game.
The original injury suffered by the tight end occurred back in September in the loss to the Cardinals. It was initially diagnosed that Hernandez would miss five games but he returned after missing just three. Now that he’s missed both the London game and this upcoming one against the Bills, Hernandez has now hit that five game prediction but he appears to be only slightly better.
Hernandez claimed he was a “game-time decision” when asked of his status earlier this week, but he’s been ruled out well before then and again it’s a nagging fact that it’s for a second straight week. Hopefully Hernandez can get healthy in time for the Patriots showdown with the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday afternoon, but as of now New England is fine playing without him.