Posted May 16, 2013

Report: Rob Gronkowski’s fourth surgery ‘imminent’

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Rob Gronkowski will have a fourth surgery on his arm. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski will have a fourth surgery on his arm. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo a fourth arm surgery soon, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday. Rapoport reported that the surgery is technically set for Monday, though it could happen even earlier.

For more than a month, it’s been considered likely that Gronkowski would have to undergo another procedure.

Last month, reports said that Gronkowski was battling an infection in an area where a second metal plate was installed to help heal his broken forearm. Doctors would remove the plate and install a new one, but they would need to make sure the infection is gone. Rapoport added that Gronkowski could need another surgery if the infection persists.

As of now, the Patriots expect Gronkowski to be ready for training camp, but it depends on whether his infection has cleared up.

The 23-year-old Gronkowski missed five games near the end of last season after breaking his left forearm blocking during the final, meaningless extra point of a 59-24 Patriots win over the Indianapolis Colts. He re-injured the forearm during New England’s 41-28 AFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Houston Texas and missed the rest of the Patriots’ playoff run.

In 11 regular-season games last season, Gronkowski had 55 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.


8 comments
rodp236
rodp236

I liked watching him , but with this many surgeries he will only be seen again with MAYBE a clipboard.

KravenMoorehead1
KravenMoorehead1

I guess nobody ever told him that Antibiotics dont work well when your drinking alcohol and you keep falling on your injury. Kinda makes me glad that NE moved up to take him instead of baltimore getting him

TC86
TC86 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Your glad your team passed on arguably the best tight end in the game right now? Ridiculous.... (Texans fan btw) I mean the dude is a meat head but he's a 24 year old single NFL player and he's not out getting gun charge and DUI's give the dude a break.... If you think it was smart to pass on him and draft Sergio Kindle.... "come on man"

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

This "arm thing" could turn into something a lot more serious than his football career if they don't get this infection figured out.  He could lose his damn arm!  Gronk....FORGET FOOTBALL for now!  Get healthy man...get your priorities straight. 

pvs
pvs

Just wonder if his arm would have healed better if they did not put a plate in his arm and just used a cast like everyone who has a fractured bone.

Mike26
Mike26

 @pvs Um, it was football season and he was a football player at the time.  Why use a slow-a.... cast method when plating is so much "better"?

ac1bill
ac1bill

I agree, it is time to get it right. They definitely need his services with Welker gone.

GarthWaynal
GarthWaynal like.author.displayName 1 Like

this arm thing has been an issue for WAY too long