, Salem, MA


October 19, 2012

Fear no more: Hernandez happy to be back with Pats


“When we have those two guys out there, we know we have two really good players with those two.”

Once Hernandez received the news that his ankle was not broken, he knew a swift return was in the cards.

“I know we have a great training staff and they’re going to work hard to get us back, especially under Bill’s supervision,” he joked of coach Bill Belichick. “So, I knew I was going to have a quick recovery and I came back pretty good.”

Despite yearning to return a week earlier than expected against Denver, Hernandez wasn’t ready, he said. But when given the green light by Belichick a week later, he was good to go.

“It’s all about confidence,” he said. “I got more practice time in and gained some more confidence in cutting off the ankle because I cut a lot. So, I gained some confidence and it made me feel comfortable going out and playing a game.”

Still, when he gets tackled from behind, or a teammate lands awkwardly on his right ankle, his heart skips a beat.

“You get nervous at times, but it’s feeling great. So, it’s really nothing really to worry about no more,” Hernandez said. “If it gets hurt, then it’s the man above.

“But I guess I’ll be all right.”

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