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Aaron Hernandez 'trying to make it back'

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  September 28, 2011 11:29 AM

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Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee in Week 2, said today that he's working his way back and hopes to play as soon as possible.

"I'm feeling good, man," Hernandez told reporters. "I just take it day by day and work with the trainers and try to get back as soon as possible."

Hernandez would not give a definitive answer as to when he thought he might be back, and as of this morning he said he didn't know when he'd be returning to practice with the team. Hernandez was listed as missing practice Wednesday.

The only reference to time Hernandez made was after he was asked a fantasy football question.

"I haven't heard much about the fantasy football," he said. "Not really worried about fantasy football, just trying to get back and get healthy and trying to make it back for this week."

Following the injury in a game against the Chargers on Sept. 25, a league source told the Globe Hernandez would miss one to two weeks with the injury. Hernandez was seen walking through the Patriots locker room this morning with a slight limp. He had a knee brace in his hand.

Hernandez has 14 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season. In the absence of Hernandez, tight end Rob Gronkowski hauled in seven passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills Sunday.

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