Investigators search home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez

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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez celebrates after his 10-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the NFC championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Atlanta. Gonzalez has won the 2013 Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)  David Goldman
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez celebrates after his 10-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the NFC championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Atlanta. Gonzalez has won the 2013 Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Investigators searched New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass., home Tuesday in connection with the death of a man who police said was an associate of Hernandez, ABC News reported.

Hernandez has not been named as a suspect, but a rental vehicle with Rhode Island plates was found near the scene, which led investigators to Hernandez, SI.com reported.

Hernandez was initially uncooperative with police since the body of a 27-year-old man was found in an industrial park not far from the Patriots player’s home, two law enforcement sources told ABC.

• Tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent back surgery on Tuesday, his fourth operation this year.

The latest surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent.

On May 20, the Patriots star had the most recent operation on the left forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He had an operation soon after, the first of four on his forearm.

He broke it again in the Patriots’ first playoff game, a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans on Jan. 13, and has had three forearm operations since then. Rosenhaus said the surgery performed last month was expected to be the last on his forearm.

VIKINGS: Are playing coy about their interest in linebacker Desmond Bishop.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined after minicamp practice Tuesday to confirm that Bishop was visiting with the team. After Bishop was released by the rival Green Bay Packers on Monday, the seventh-year veteran told several Wisconsin media outlets he planned to speak with the Vikings in Minnesota.

FALCONS: Tight end Tony Gonzalez has won the 2013 Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.

Gonzalez, who recently announced he will play one more season after originally planning to retire, has been honored for his professionalism in helping pro football writers do their jobs.

Gonzalez had one of his best seasons at age 36 as the Falcons went 13-3 and won the NFC South.

One of the NFL’s most popular players, Gonzalez caught a team-high 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns, earning his 13th Pro Bowl appearance.

He is the first tight end in NFL history with 100 TD catches and also owns career records for the position in receptions (1,242), yards receiving (14,268), TD catches (103), 100-yard games (30) and 1,000-yard seasons (four).

RAMS: The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission said Tuesday it has paid $2 million to the team to cover its legal fees for the dispute over upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome that resulted in arbitration.

CVC spokeswoman Donna Andrews said payment was made May 20.

Rams spokesman Artis Twyman confirmed the team was paid.


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