Roto wrote:Aaron Hernandez reportedly underwent shoulder surgery this offseason.
Sources tell NFL.com that Hernandez will miss both OTAs and minicamps, but the "likelihood" is that he'll be ready for training camp. It's still a concern for a player that has struggled mightily to stay healthy, as he's missed 10 games over the last two seasons due to ankle, concussion and knee issues. It's unclear when this injury occurred, but the Patriots now have medical flags next to both their starting tight ends as Rob Gronkowski's arm woes continue. Hernandez has never made it through a full season healthy in his three-year NFL career.
Roto wrote:According to the Boston Herald, Rob Gronkowski (forearm) will delay surgery for several more weeks.
The surgery is on hold for now as Gronkowski remains on antibiotics to ensure that his infection is completely cleared. Once doctors are comfortable with that, surgeons will go back into Gronk's arm and put in a new plate to hold the bone together. At that point, 10 weeks of rehab will begin. Gronkowski is no lock to be ready for Week 1
Roto wrote:Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) is "ready to hit the field," but the team is going to "take it slow" with him.
Ballard is said to be "recovering nicely" from the torn left ACL he suffered just over 14 months ago. The Patriots will kick off their offseason workout program on Monday, and Ballard may be limited to just mental reps when the offense gets on the field. However, he's on track to be ready for OTAs in late May
Going to be an interesting preseason/camp if its just Uh-Oh & Fells healthy at TE, with the race on between Gronk, Ballard & AH