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Hernandez underwent hip surgery

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 21, 2011 11:00 AM

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hernandez-run.jpgPatriots tight end Aaron Hernandez helped out at his older brother's football camp over the weekend, but he did so on crutches.

According to a story in the Hartford Courant, Hernandez told students at the camp in Southington, in his home state of Connecticut, that he underwent surgery on his injured right hip.

Hernandez first showed up on the injury report due to the hip in Week 16. He was limited in practice over the final few weeks of the season and missed the final two games of the regular season. He did play in the playoff game against the Jets.

D.J. Hernandez, Aaron's older brother, played quarterback and wide receiver at UConn and is now coach at Southington High. He held a skills camp for kids in grades 3 through 8 at the school over the weekend, and Aaron was all too happy to help.

That included fielding questions from the campers, who noticed the tight end on crutches and asked him what had happened.

After recording 45 catches for 563 yards and six touchdowns in his first NFL season, Hernandez is looking to improve heading into Year 2.

"You've always got to make changes," he said. "You can't be the same player two years in a row. You've got to be better every year, and there will be something that the coaches will tell me I need to work on, so I'll make sure to get it done."

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