Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's role in the death of a 27-year-old man is significant enough that he "likely" will be arrested for his connection in the case, Sports Illustrated is reporting.

Meanwhile, Boston Globe political reporter Wesley Lowery reports that police currently are NOT planning to arrest Hernandez.

According to SI, it's not yet known what charges Hernandez will face, but his connection to the deceased has been linked by police. Reportedly, Hernandez and 27-year-old Odin Lloyd were together at a bar, along with two others, the night Lloyd died. Lloyd's body was found in a field close to Hernandez's home.

SI also reported that a Jets fan confronted Hernandez in Providence in May and that police found a gun under a car, though it's unclear whose gun it was. SI also writes that Gainesville, Fla., police interviewed Hernandez in 2007 regarding a shooting that occurred after a Florida-Auburn game, though Hernandez was not considered a suspect.

There was also a report from Tuesday in which a man named Alexander Bradley was set to sue Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face and causing him to lose an eye.