Report: Aaron Hernandez underwent offseason shoulder surgery
|04.16.13 at 10:59 am ET|
The tight end position has been an eventful one this offseason for the Patriots — mostly because of Rob Gronkowski and his arm surgeries — and on Tuesday, the news got a lot more interesting, as it was revealed that Aaron Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery this offseason.
The news, which was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, means that Hernandez will be out of action for OTA’s and spring minicamps. However, Rapoport indicates that Hernandez will likely be ready for training camp. Hernandez, who has been dogged by ankle and knee injuries over the course of his three seasons in the NFL (he’s missed 10 games the last two years), has yet to be healthy enough to play a full 16-game season in the league. He told the Boston Herald last week his goal for this season was to play all 16 games in 2013.
In addition, the team officially announced that restricted free agent Michael Hoomanawanui had signed his tender with the Patriots. Hoomanawanui will make $1.323 million next season after receiving an original round tender, which means the Pats would have received a fifth-round pick if anyone signed the tight end away. The 24-year-old Hoomanawanui, was signed by New England as a free agent on Sept. 5, 2012 and played in 14 games with six starts and finished with 5 receptions for 109 yards, a career-long 41-yard reception vs. San Francisco on Dec. 16, and two special teams tackles.