With the departure of Wes Welker to Denver and the never-ending injury saga that has become Rob Gronkowski's career, the last thing the New England Patriots needed was more questions at the tight end position.  Despite that, recent events suggest that might be exactly what they have.

Today, ABC.com reported that Aaron Hernandez has not only been questioned in relation to a homicide, but that his home has been searched, and he has not been cooperative with the investigation.  The dead man in question is a 27 year old man who the police call "an associate" of Hernandez.  His body was reportedly found in an industrial park nearby Hernandez's house in Massachusetts, near his body was a rental vehicle with Rhode Island plates which ultimately lead police to Hernandez's door.

According to a statement by Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, the body was found around 5:30 on Monday evening near John Dietsch Blvd.  He went on to say that the investigation would be handled by the Massachusetts State Police.

In a statement from the team, VP of Media Relations Stacey James told reporters "I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting on them publicly during an ongoing police investigation."

Pay close attention as this story continues to unfold.  Aaron Hernandez will be a key part of the Patriots offense this year, and anything that takes him off the field while Gronkowski is recovering from his 347th surgery this offseason is very bad for the Patriots.