The New England Patriots have numerous inactive players for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, but Aaron Hernandez doesn't figure to be one of them. Two of the key players the Patriots will be missing are Dont'a Hightower and Julian Edelman. Both have been ruled out for today's game.
According to Jeff Howe and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Hernandez traveled with the team which means he will likely play today. They point out that the Patriots have already ruled out Hightower, Edelman, Steven Gregory, and Tracy White.
Hernandez has been battling an ankle injury that has kept him sidelined for the last three games. He should return and give Tom Brady another target down the middle of the field. Hightower is still dealing with his hamstring issue and will continue to get treatment from team doctors. Edleman has a hand injury and will remain in New England. Gregory has a hip injury, and White has a foot injury.
Hernandez has six receptions and 59 yards this season. The 22-year old tight end has played in just two games with his last being September 16th against the Arizona Cardinals. Hernandez is in his in his third season and is averaging 11.9 yard per reception. He has 14 touchdowns in his career.
While the Patriots will be without a few players today, Hernandez's return means more options for Brady. Brady has made a name for himself by utilizing his tight ends perhaps more than any other quarterback in the NFL. With Hernandez back, the Patriots will have more flexibility.