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Aaron Hernandez isn’t chicken of anything

10.13.11 at 1:07 pm ET

FOXBORO — As reporters begged and pleaded with the tight end to speak briefly in front of his locker about the upcoming match with the Cowboys, Aaron Hernandez agreed to chat, but on one condition.

Hernandez was chowing down on a nice breast of chicken before heading out for practice in full pads.

Don’t worry … the chicken was grilled, not fried.

“It’s good. General Tso’s chicken, grilled is pretty healthy,” Hernandez said. “You guys want some?”

He did not say whether he was aware of the firestorm about 23 miles north on Yawkey Way when a group of Red Sox pitchers supposedly ordered fried chicken and drank beer during games.

Has he ever thought of trying to eat while he’s playing?

“Probably not, because I don’t want to drop any more touchdown catches,” Hernandez quipped, referring to his drop at the end of the first half on Sunday, producing the first red-zone interception Tom Brady has ever thrown on home turf.

“So you guys thought that was pretty funny?” Hernandez rhetorically asked the group of cackling of reporters. Uh, yup, we did, Aaron.

Has he apologized to Brady for the drop on Sunday?

“You put it that way, no I have haven’t.”

One thing he doesn’t have to apologize for is playing through discomfort in his left knee, with a knee brace on for stability.

“It’s not an excuse, though,” he said of the brace. “You’re not thinking about it when it’s on. You still play football. It might make you a tenth-of-second slower but it’s not that big of a difference and you can’t use it as an excuse or I would have on that [potential] touchdown.

“I feel pretty good. Feels better and better every day.”

As for the Cowboys, what does he think of this week’s opponent, featuring the “fastest” defense the Patriots have seen this year, according to his coach Bill Belichick.

“They’re a good defense and we obviously have to get prepared and keep getting better and better every day,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez wrapped up by expressing his support for old University of Florida teammate Tim Tebow, who replaces Kyle Orton as the Broncos‘ starting quarterback on Oct. 23 against Miami.

“Tim’s a great player,” Hernandez said. “I loved him in college. He’s a playmaker and he’s going to make plays and hopefully, he can go out there this next week and make some plays and hopefully, he can succeed because I think 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 plays to get that first down, whether he has to run or throw it. He’s going to make things happen.”

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