Updated from 11:12 a.m. EST to reflect the charges brought against Hernandez.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- All of #PatriotsNation saw this coming. We just didn't think it would happen. Anybody who knows me or follows me on Twitter (shameless plug) knows I'm a huge New England Patriots fan. I bleed blue and red all year long, and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick can do no wrong in my eyes. That doesn't mean everyone else is safe, though. Former Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez was arrested this morning, due in part to his connection with the Odin Lloyd murder that happened last week. Hours later, Hernandez was released from the team, throwing the Pats into an even greater state of flux. Lloyd's body was found near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, MA., and since then, Hernandez has been a person of interest in the matter. There were reports Hernandez scrubbed his house following the murder, and had security equipment destroyed, which in my eyes are the actions of someone who knows more than he's let on. Update: Hernandez has since been charged with five gun counts, and one count of murder. He pleaded not guilty to all of these charges. I'll let the law handle Hernandez. As a Patriot fan, this is devastating news, especially in light of the recent turmoil the team has faced on offense. The Patriots responded as they should, releasing the player from the team. Some things are bigger than football, and this is clearly one of those cases. "A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss," the Patriots said in a statement following the release. "Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do." Wes Welker left to go to the Denver Broncos for essentially the same contract the Patriots offered, but Welker felt dissed by Patriots management, and his 118 catches are no longer in Foxboro. Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd, he of the quirky personality but sure hands, was released earlier this year.
All Pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski, he of the infamous spikes and effervescent personality, is recovering from back surgery, as well as several surgeries to remove an infection in his arm after Gronkowski rebroke his forearm during the 2012 playoffs. Needless to say, Gronk (as Patriot fans call him), is far from ready, and the Tight End position is in a state of flux. Then there's Tim Tebow. Tebow, who was released from the New York Jets in April, was signed by the Patriots a few weeks ago to be the team's third-string quarterback. Tebow was a media circus in New York, and while Belichick clamped down on that in the press conference announcing his arrival to the team, there's sure to be plenty of speculation on whether Tebow could wind up being a Tight End on the team, despite the fact the Patriots already have six on the roster. Multiple wide receivers were selected during the 2013 draft, in hopes of remaking the WR corp for Brady, 35, to continue performing at an elite level. While Aaron Dobson has shown flashes of brilliance so far, it's been inconsistent. Josh Boyce, a fourth-rounder out of TCU, has yet to see the field because of injuries. The only positive so far on the offensive side of the ball has been the addition of Danny Amendola, who was signed to replace Welker as a slot receiver. So far, Amendola has reportedly looked great in OTA's and in throwing sessions with Brady, but the chemistry Brady and Welker had was something special. It's going to be incredibly hard to duplicate. This in no way, shape or form, minimizes the pain, suffering and agony Lloyd's family and those associated with him have had to endure over the past few weeks. These are simply musings of a concerned Patriots fan who is seeing the writing on the wall for the upcoming 2013 season. Where #PatriotsNation goes from here and for the remainder of the 2013 season is yet to be determined. Training camp isn't even close to being over, and the pre-season is still weeks away. Whatever happens, though, the Patriots will never be the same. -- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York >Contact by Email. Follow @Chris_Ciaccia