Hernandez, Haynesworth, Wright return

October, 6, 2011
10/06/11
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots received a boost on the injury front with tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee) and defensive linemen Albert Haynesworth (back) and Mike Wright (concussion) returning to practice for today's full-pads session.

Meanwhile, running back Danny Woodhead (ankle), receiver Julian Edelman (ankle), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (back) were not spotted at the media-access portion of practice.

The return of Hernandez for Sunday's game against the Jets would be a big boost to the Patriots. He got off to a strong start this season (14 catches, 165 yards, 2 TDs) as the Patriots ran more than 80 percent of their snaps with multiple tight ends. But without Hernandez the last two weeks, they have turned to more three- and four-receiver packages.

Haynesworth and Wright would also help a defensive line that has been depleted by early-season injuries. Haynesworth has missed the last two games. In the season opener, he was credited with two tackles and also drew two holding penalties in his strongest performance as a Patriot. Haynesworth wasn't as effective in the Week 2 win over the Chargers.

Meanwhile, Wright hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the season opener at Miami. Wright missed the final seven games of 2010 after sustaining a concussion.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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