The New England Patriots lost for the first time in 11 home openers at Gillette Stadium. They may have also lost one of their most important, aggressive offensive players for a while.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez injured his right ankle midway through the first quarter of New England's 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and did not return.
He left the game wearing a walking boot.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski is worried.
"Hopefully, he's fine. He's a great player and we need him."
After a rough start, New England made it 20-12 on Stephen Gostkowski's fourth field goal of the game, a 53-yarder, with 6:45 left on the clock. Following a punt by Arizona, Brady capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive with the touchdown pass to Gronkowski.
The Patriots got the ball back with 1:01 to play, though, after Arizona running back Ryan Williams fumbled and Vince Wilfork recovered. But Gronkowski set New England back when he was whistled for holding, a call that nullified a 30-yard run into the end zone by Danny Woodhead, and a false start two plays later.
Instead of trying to move closer, New England was eager to try and win the game on a 42-yard field goal with six seconds left, but Gostkowski missed it wide left.
The Patriots took their only lead on Gostkowski's 51-yarder two minutes into the third quarter. But the Cardinals responded with consecutive touchdowns to go ahead 20-9 on Kevin Kolb's two-yard pass to Andre Roberts, after they got the ball at the two-yard line on a blocked punt, and a five-yard run by Kolb.
"Nobody really gave us a chance," said Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, whose team was a two-touchdown underdog, "but our guys believed they could do it and it's great to see them operate that way."
via Huffington Post