New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez’s Hip Surgery No Cause for Panic

February 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez underwent surgery on his right hip after the 2010 season, according to The Hartford Courant.
The Patriots' fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft played very well in the first eight games of last season. He made all eight starts, caught 34 passes and played an average of 47 offensive snaps per game, according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss.
In the second half of the season, Hernandez totaled just 11 receptions and played an average of 18.3 snaps per game. He also missed two games due to injury, but played in the AFC Divisional Round against the New York Jets.
Of course, the second-half emergence of Rob Gronkowski may have hindered Hernandez's playing time just a bit. Seven of Gronkowski's 10 touchdowns came in the final eight games of the season, and he also had 28 of his 42 receptions in that span.
We'll likely never know whether Hernandez's decline in production was because of Gronkowski's emergence or the resul...

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