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April 17, 2013

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Hernandez surgery

It turns out Rob Gronkowski wasn’t the only Patriots tight end to undergo surgery this offseason. Tight end Aaron Hernandez is reportedly recovering from recent shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready to play by the start of training camp in July.

Hernandez caught 51 passes for 483 yards in a 10-game, injury plagued 2012 season.

The news of Hernandez’s surgery should raise concern for Patriots fans as he and Gronkowski have not been able to stay healthy, and stay healthy at the same time. With the two being Tom Brady’s go-to targets in the passing game, both will need to stay healthy in 2013, and neither is off to a great start.

Patriot Heroes

A pair of former Patriots were at the forefront of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing and both leapt into action to help the wounded.

Former Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi, who was watching the race near the finish line when the bombs went off, was seen carrying the injured to safety as was former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola also pledged to donate $100 for each reception he makes this season to the Boston Marathon Relief Fund and $200 for each dropped pass.

Local Finishers

There were seven locals who were able to cross the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon. Gloucester’s Nick Taormina led the way for locals finishing with a time of 3:02:38. Gloucester’s Andrew Pacholec (3:18:21), Rockport’s Bob Lindberg (3:20:51), Gloucester’s Tom Amend (3:28:31), Manchester’s Gary Kaneb (3:29:01), Rockport’s Rich Morrell (3:57:03), and Manchester’s Leo Daley (4:03:21) followed.

There were nine more Cape Ann runners who were registered participants on Monday but were not able to finish due to the attack on the finish line, which came at the 4:09 mark.

Summerall passes

Iconic NFL play-by-play man and former NFL kicker Pat Sumerall passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. Sumerall played 10 years in the NFL as a kicker but he is most remembered for his work in the booth along side color commentator John Madden.

Summerall famously called Adam Vinatieri’s winning kick in Super Bowl XXXVI to propel the Patriots to a 20-17 win over the Rams.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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