New England Patriots fans can officially start worrying about tight end Aaron Hernandez.
NFL.com and NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Saturday that Hernandez is not expected to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills because of a lingering ankle injury.
This is disconcerting sign for Hernandez, who didn't travel with the team to London to play the St. Louis Rams in Week 9, then got more time to rest the ankle during the Patriots' bye week.
The Patriots activated Visanthe Shiancoe to the 53-man roster earlier Saturday, a hint Hernandez's status was in doubt. Hernandez was limited in practice this week and was one of 14 Patriots listed as questionable for the game against the Bills.
Hernandez suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2. He returned to the lineup in Week 6, playing in two games before the team opted to leave him home when they traveled abroad to beat up on the St. Louis Rams.
Hernandez didn't look quite right in the game action he did see, another possibility why the Patriots have seemingly reversed course with their versatile playmaker