As it does every season, the attrition level in the NFL knows no bounds. Just as the Ravens have lost the services of Ray Lewis to injury, the Packers with Charles Woodson, and the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, add to the list Rob Gronkowski to the stars lost to injury. This could set the Patriots back as Aaron Hernandez has to step his game up to offset his counterparts replacement. If ever there was a chance for Hernandez to show he’s as good as Gronk, the time is now. He gets to do it in the stretch run to the playoffs also. Aaron step it up!!

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It appears that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is gone for the foreseeable future. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the dynamic pass catcher has a broken forearm that will keep him sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks.

That hurts an already thin tight end spot for New England with Aaron Hernandez having missed the last several weeks (including Sunday’s win over Indianapolis) with an ankle injury. Next on the depth chart are Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui, although in similar tight spot earlier this season, the Patriots added Kellen Winslow, Jr. … then released him a week later.

If Hernandez is ready to go, he will be the obvious tight end target for Tom Brady. That would be good news with the Patriots visiting the Jets in Week 12. Gang Green is allowing nearly 10 fantasy points per game…

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