FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had a bag packed for Seattle, and coach Bill Belichick said he "could be a game-time decision" for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but Hernandez was one of three Patriots not on the field as the team held practice on Friday.
In addition to Hernandez, who has been out since leaving the team's Week 2 loss to the Cardinals with an ankle injury, Tracy White (foot) and Steve Gregory (hip) were not present for practice.
Belichick didn't go into detail regarding whether Hernandez will play on Sunday, but at the very least it appears that he will be making the trip to Seattle and that he'll be evaluated further prior to the game.
"We'll just have to see how it goes here," Belichick said. "He practiced late last week and did some things yesterday and Wednesday, so we'll see how he is today, see if that set him back or didn't set him back or how that went. Then we'll have the day to evaluate it on Saturday and we'll see where we're at on Sunday. I don't know if [he] could be a game-time decision. Maybe we'll know sooner depending on what information we get today or before we leave. We'll just have to see how it goes."
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