- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez returned to practice for the first time this week since suffering an ankle injury last month. But Hernandez isn't ready to return to game action just yet. He is inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.
Hernandez could return as early as next week. The Patriots are rolling offensively but can still use their most versatile weapon. Hernandez can play all over the field and has the ability to stretch the field. He is a wild card who opens things up over the middle for teammates Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker.
The Patriots are 2-2 and looking to win at Gillette Stadium for the first time this season.