Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez out vs. Rams with ankle injury
Foxboro, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Hernandez suffered the injury in the Patriots’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sept. 16 when teammate Julian Edelman was tackled and rolled up on his right ankle.
After missing three games, Hernandez returned Oct. 14 against the Seattle Seahawks, catching six passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. He had five catches for 54 yards against the New York Jets last week.
Hernandez has 17 catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns this season. He was rewarded with a five-year, $40-million contract extension after setting career bests with 79 catches, 910 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Aside from Hernandez, the Patriots have officially ruled out six other players for Week 8, including starting safeties Patrick Chung (shoulder) and Steve Gregory (hip).
Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), defensive end Trevor Scott (hamstring) and linebacker Tracy White (foot) will also sit out Week 8 while cornerback Ras-I Dowling (thigh) was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
The Patriots are required to list just seven inactive players on game day, but have also declared 11 others as questionable for the contest, including linebackers Jerod Mayo and Dont’a Hightower, tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Wes Welker.