Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has not yet been ruled out as a suspect in the homicide investigation involving a semi-pro football player who was "an associate" of his, a source told CBS Boston on Wednesday. Hernandez is also not cooperating with police according to the report.
The Boston Herald reports Patriots tight end Jake Ballard stopped his work during the team's OTA practice Tuesday after hurting his left ankle while trying to catch a pass from Tom Brady in the back-right corner of the end zone. The severity is not known but he did stay to watch the end of practice, most likely a good sign. It is also not known if he will practice again this week.
The Boston Herald reports Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was carted from the sideline after hurting his left shoulder in practice Tuesday. The injury happened during team drills. Dennard walked slowly off the field where he received medical attention. The severity of the injury is not known.
An optimistic report that tight end Rob Gronkowski will be back on the field before the end of the preseason was delivered by USA Today Wednesday. Gronkowski is a day removed from a microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery that went well according to a statement by his doctor, Dr. Robert Watkins.
ESPN reports that Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty is working his way back from offseason back surgery. At this point it is unknown which shoulder McCourty had the surgery performed, though he played with a separated right shoulder in 2011. He should be ready by training camp, according to the report.
The Boston Globe reports Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones won't require surgery on either of his injured ankles, according to a team source. Jones hurt his right ankle against the Colts in Week 11 and his left ankle in the Divisional Playoffs vs. the Texans.
Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Tuesday that the running back job is wide open as four guys compete. He added that whoever can pass protect will have a leg-up in getting reps. "Daryl (Richardson) and Isaiah (Pead), Zac Stacy is a guy thats doing great. Terrance Ganaways a guy that we like," Schottenheimer said. "You need multiple backs in this league. Were going to try to play to their strengths. With Jack (Steven Jackson) last year, it was a little bit different. It was harder to do the committee because every time you took him out, you knew you were missing his leadership and his toughness. This year I think we've got nice pieces to try to blend in and differently attack people."