- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East:
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was seen on crutches and in a boot after the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Morning take: It's easy to see why the Patriots signed Hernandez to a contract extension. The offense looks ordinary without their vaunted two-tight end combination of Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. The boot is not a good sign. I wouldn't be surprised if Hernandez misses Sunday's huge game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline proved he can produce in a win over the Oakland Raiders.
Morning take: You almost forget about Hartline because he was injured during training camp and the preseason. But his nine receptions for 111 yards were big for the confidence of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes says the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary did not give the Jets problems.
Morning take: Pittsburgh was much more physical than Buffalo in Week 1, and that seemed to throw off New York’s timing. It also didn’t help that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez went cold the entire second half.
Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus thanked the Buffalo Bills and the fans for rallying around him after the passing of his brother.
Morning take: Football can be a respite for some players during a tough time. Dareus grieved the passing of his brother and decided to play in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He recorded two tackles and a sack.