FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is still working his way back from a left knee injury that has sidelined him for the past two games, but he indulged reporters Thursday with a quick stop by his locker to update his health.
"I feel pretty good," he said. "I’m just trying to get healthy, take it day-by-day."
Asked how frustrating it has been to be unable to get on the field, Hernandez noted, "It's always frustrating when you love the game. I'm just taking it day-by-day -- I can’t wait to get back."
Hernandez did offer a big vote of confidence for his fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski. When asked if he was surprised the team kept only one pure tight end in recent weeks, Hernandez noted, "Not really, [Gronkowski is] a beast. He can do so many things, you really only need one."
Hernandez didn't practice Wednesday, which seems to indicate that he might not be back in time for Sunday's clash with the rival Jets. That didn't stop Darrelle Revis from noting Wednesday that tight end play has hurt New York in previous matchups with New England and the star cornerback said the team is preparing as if Hernandez will play.
What's more, asked if he could cover Hernandez, Revis said: "Um, I can cover him, I know that. Is it going to be me [on Hernandez]? I don't know," according to the Star-Ledger.
Apprised of Revis' comments, Hernandez smiled and purposely stalled while crafting an answer.
"Um, well, I think it would be a good matchup," he offered.
Pressed on if he liked his chances in that matchup, Hernandez smiled and said, "You could change that into a story now," and let out a playful growl that he had displayed earlier in the interview before departing.