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Christopher L. Gasper

Aaron Hernandez’s loss is crucial

FOXBOROUGH — There have been more disastrous home openers for the Patriots in the Bill Belichick epoch — 2008 and Tom Brady’s wounded knee comes to mind — but this was a Bloody Sunday with bad omens, bad football, and a bad injury for Belichick’s boys, who fell, 20-18, to the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium.

The bigger loss than the game, a thoroughly uninspiring contest the Patriots had no business winning, was watching tight end Aaron Hernandez leave with a severe right ankle injury in the first quarter.

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