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Patriots trying to keep options open

Bill Belichick adjusting his offensive approach with Aaron Hernandez out

Updated: September 20, 2012, 12:41 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are preparing to play without do-it-all tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is expected to be sidelined for around a month with a right ankle injury, and quarterback Tom Brady considered Wednesday how the attack might be different without him.

The first thought that came to mind was that the team was in this situation before, on the same week of the 2011 season. And the hope is that it's not deja vu.

"We lost that game," Brady recalled ...

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