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Aaron Hernandez feels ‘great’ but playing status uncertain

FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez didn’t have much to say during his brief appearance in the locker room today.

He has been hampered by a sprained MCL he suffered against the Chargers on Sunday.

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But when asked how he was feeling, Hernandez said, “great.”

He didn’t have much of a limp as he walked by reporters, but he could be out anywhere from two to six weeks based on several reports.

Also, a league source confirmed that the NFL has fined San Diego defensive lineman Antonio Garay for an illegal hit on Tom Brady on Sunday.

It was arguably the scariest moment of the Patriots’ win over the Chargers came when Garay dove at Tom Brady’s left (plant) knee.

Brady twisted awkwardly to the Gillette Stadium turf.

There wasn’t a flag thrown on the play, and Bill Belichick was upset that Garay wasn’t fined for the obvious play.

The NFL implemented the “Brady Rule,” which normally calls for flags on similar plays, after then-Chief Bernard Pollard hit Brady low in 2008. Brady missed the final 15 games of that season with an ACL/MCL tear.

Contributing: Monique Walker and Shalise Manza Young

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