Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez returns to practice.
Morning take: Hernandez hasn’t been the same since his tough ankle injury. He missed the Patriots’ last game against the St. Louis Rams but should be back after the bye week.
Surprise! Former quarterback Joe Namath is back to ripping the New York Jets again.
Morning take: This is the most predictable news of the week. Namath has been a longtime detractor of his former team. This time he goes after owner Woody Johnson.
The Miami Dolphins will face Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker on Sunday.
Morning take: Tennessee must find out if Locker, a former first-round pick, is the long-term solution. Miami’s defense has a chance to confuse and batter Locker in his first game from injury.
It has been a tough road for fans of the Buffalo Bills.
Morning take: The Bills haven’t been to the playoffs since 1999. That streak will probably continue in 2012 unless the Bills have a sudden turnaround. It would have to start this week against the Patriots.