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Knee brace not a problem for TE Aaron Hernandez

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  October 13, 2011 12:10 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is getting creative when it comes to his interview sessions with the media.

Last week he jokingly let out a few groans instead of answering questions about his knee. He eventually said he was feeling fine. Today he did the first part of his interview while eating a piece of grilled chicken.

When asked if he could play Sunday with a piece of chicken in his hand, Hernandez quipped, "Probably not because I don't want to drop any more touchdown passes."

After he finished his lunch, Hernandez touched on a couple of football-related topics.

How have you felt since Jets: "I feel pretty good. I feel healthy and ready to go."

On playing with a knee brace: "It's not an excuse. You're not thinking about it when it's on. So you still have to play football. It may make you a tenth of a second slower, but it's not that big of a difference and I can't use it as an excuse or else I would have on that touchdown."

On Tim Tebow starting: "Tim's a great player and I loved him in college. He's a playmaker. He's going to make plays. Hopefully, he's going to go out there this week and make some plays. Hopefully, he can succeed because I feel like he's going to be a great quarterback."

"He's a winner. You want someone like him in your huddle because he's going to know everything. People may not like his throwing technique, but he's a winner and he's going to find ways to make the plays and get that first down, whether he has to run it or throw it and he's going to make things happen."

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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