Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pats get mixed bag of news regarding tight ends


Good news certainly doesn't last long these days when it comes to the New England Patriots' tight end squad. On Tuesday, it lasted less than an hour.

On the heels of a Twitter post from a family member congratulating Rob Gronkowski on his "successful" back surgery, SI.com reported Tuesday that fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez has been questioned by police investigating a homicide.

According to SI, Hernandez is not considered a suspect in the crime at this time. He is, however, reportedly connected to a rental car that investigators believe is a crucial piece of evidence in the case. (photo: Karen Cardoza, Flickr)

Police believe the car is tied to the death of a 27-year-old Boston man who was found dead less than a mile from the tight end's home. Lauren Lemanczyk, a reporter for WBZ TV in Boston, tweeted earlier in the afternoon that "at least a dozen just entered Hernandez's home," reportedly executing a search warrant.

News regarding Hernandez and the possible link to the car came just a half hour after Gordie Gronkowski posted the words of encouragement to his brother following his procedure. Gronk's surgery on Tuesday was his fifth since November, with the others performed to correct his broken forearm.

If surgery No. 5 went well, as brother Gordie suggests, Rob's recovery may go smoothly, though rehab thus far has been anything but. The Pats' main offensive weapon is still likely looking at zero participation in training camp and a healthy start Week 1 as the main goal.

Hernandez is in midst of a recovery of his own, working his way back from shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.

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