NFL Week 5 NFL Spreads - Patriots Danny Woodhead status vs Jets

Danny Woodhead has missed every practice this week, including Friday's session, and is unlikely to play against the New York Jets on Sunday, according to Monique Walker at the Boston Globe.

new-england-patriots-bradeyAs pointed out below, the New England Patriots are notoriously tight-lipped about their injuries, so little is known about Woodhead, except that he has some sort of ankle malady. Vegas Odds makers have listed New England Patriots -8 favorites over NY Jets.

Assuming that he does miss the game, look for BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Stevan Ridley to handle the backfield work for the Pats. The rookie Ridley has been heating up and could be poised for a breakout game of sorts with extra carries against what's been a spotty Jets' rush defense thus far.

Tracking down reliable information about injured New England Patriots players is nearly impossible, because they've made being tight-lipped an art form. On the other hand, some younger players are still working on their craft. Take a look at second-year tight end Aaron Hernandez attempting to avoid directly answering reporters' questions about the knee injury that has sidelined him the past two weeks. All the press could get as a response was a comical, "Ahhhhhhhh".

Luckily, we got some factual reporting from the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport, who confirmed that Hernandez was practicing Friday for the second straight day.

At this time, all signs point to Hernandez playing against the New York Jets on Sunday, though it will remain unclear how close he'll be to full speed. Regardless, his NFL fantasy football owners are close to giving their own "ahhhhhhhh" now that their up-and-coming tight end is nearly back in the mix.

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