Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/7/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots runs through a tackle from David Harris of the New York Jets during the first quarter at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Patriots fans were encouraged this week by the sight of tight end Aaron Hernandez returning to the practice field, stirring speculation that the versatile playmaker could be suiting up for games within weeks. But, just as New England gains one of its elite tight ends, the team may also be dealing with serious injury complications to its other standout. Rob Gronkowski, who has been listed on the injury report in recent weeks with a hip ailment, "has been dealing with significant pain these last two weeks," according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. The Patriots have been making moves to protect...
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