X-rays on Hernandez's ankle were negative, but the Patriots believe the injury to be a high ankle sprain, a common injury thus far this season among football players. After the game Hernandez was seen in the locker room with crutches and a walking boot on his right foot, according to the Boston Herald.
Hernandez was injured half way through the first quarter when his ankle was caught underneath Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. The tight end was blocking Edelman for a pass play. Hernandez remained down on the field for several minutes before being helped off the field into the Patriots' locker room with a trainer on either side of him.
While at Bristol Central High School, Hernandez had an illustrious career. As a senior he was the Connecticut Gatorade Football Player of the Year after making 67 receptions for 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense and 72 tackles, 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4 blocked kicks on defense. The 1,807 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns were a state record and his 31 touchdowns tied the state record. He also set the state record for receiving yards in a single game with 376, the seventh highest best total in national high school history and set a national high school record for yards receiving per game with 180.7. He was considered the top tight end recruit in 2007.
Last month the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five year extension, running through 2018, with a signing bonus of $12.5 million, the largest signing bonus ever given to a tight end, and the second largest extension ever, after teammate Rob Gronowski's.
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