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Hernandez works toward return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The question was posed to injured tight end Aaron Hernandez in a light-hearted manner: Are you hearing from fantasy football owners across the land wondering if you'll be there for them this Sunday?

Hernandez, who missed Sunday's loss at Buffalo with a knee injury, smiled.

"I haven't heard much about the fantasy football. I'm not really worried about much fantasy football," he replied before his morning workout. "I'm just trying to get back, get healthy, and try to make it back for this week."

The Patriots missed Hernandez on Sunday. Through the first two games of the season, the offense ran 83 percent of its snaps with two or more tight ends. Sunday in Buffalo, it was mostly a three-receiver attack.

Asked how close he is to returning, Hernandez said, "I'm feeling pretty good."

Hernandez, who totaled 14 receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns in two games, injured the knee in the Week 2 win over the Chargers (it's been reported as a sprained MCL). He was asked if he felt it was a serious situation when it happened.

"I just take it day by day, and work with the trainers, and try to get back as soon as possible," he said, not specifying if he'd practice today. "We'll just take it day by day and see how it feels."