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Patriots run crossing pattern

Receiving corps in flux with reduced role for Welker, injury to Hernandez

Updated: September 17, 2012, 8:37 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Two major developments unfolded in the New England Patriots' surprising 20-18 home-opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals that figure to play a big role in how the team fares in the coming weeks.

The first is tight end Aaron Hernandez and his right ankle injury, which had him leaving Gillette Stadium with crutches and a boot on the ankle. Losing Hernandez for any stretch of time, as was seen Sunday, dramatically changes the complexion of the team's attack.

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