Fear no more: Hernandez happy to be back with Pats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Aaron Hernandez feared the worst.
On the third offensive play of New England's second game this season, the Patriots tight end was blocking on a short screen pass when his right ankle was rolled up on by a teammate during the ensuing tackle.
Lying on the ground, writhing in pain and clutching his ankle in front of a stunned and silent home crowd, Hernandez believed his once promising season was over before it ever really began.
"Broke," Hernandez admitted Thursday of the thoughts swirling through his head as he lay on the Gillette Stadium turf a month ago. "But it healed and I'm better now."
The Patriots and their fans couldn't be more ecstatic, either.
After missing nearly four full games with what turned out to be a sprained ankle, Hernandez returned to the field Sunday in Seattle, catching six passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in a 24-23 loss to the Seahawks.
"I felt pretty good," he said during his first session with the media since the injury. "It was good to be back out there and help the team."