Posted May 18, 2013

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski could need back surgery

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Rob Gronkowski could need surgery to repair a disc in his back. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski could need surgery to repair a disc in his back. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could require surgery to repair a disc in his back, USA Today’s Mike Garafolo reported on Friday. Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to examine a previously injured disc in his back that was bothering him last season.

According to the report, a source speaking on the condition of anonymity said the MRI revealed damage to a disc on Gronkowski’s back. However, it’s not the same disc that was shaved down in a procedure in 2009. The source claims Gronkowski will visit spine specialist Robert Watkins after surgery to place a plate in Gronkowski’s forearm next week. He is expected to be ready for Patriots’ training camp.

The 23-year-old is expected to undergo his fourth arm surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Monday. An infection from a previous procedure to repair Gronkowski’s broken left forearm had delayed the fourth surgery.

Gronkowski missed five games last season after breaking his left forearm blocking during an extra-point attempt against the Indianapolis Colts. He re-injured his left forearm in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Houston Texans.


17 comments
ady.harvey
ady.harvey

If I was Gronk I'd be seriously considering my future career, if he's not careful he's going to be crippled by the time he's 30.

riley8
riley8

Poor TB.  No Gronk,.  No Wes.  Might be time to start looking to sign Moss.

RayHuggyBearYoung
RayHuggyBearYoung

He needs to retire.  Seriously, this is why the average NFL career is so low.  He is the best TE with no doubt right now but he has to take care of that body or he will be an invalid sooner than later. Not that I want him out of league but cripes he is so young.

abbeyrick
abbeyrick

That seems to be how the patriots roll

 

abbeyrick
abbeyrick

I wonder if they will cut him

 

GT500456
GT500456 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

This guy's career is sinking faster than Ted Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick.

LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

gronk's career is almost dead. he will be the kind of a player who will show up for 4 games annually.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @LeilaniHernandez He still caught 11 touchdowns in just 11 games last year.  If he plays only half a season, he'll still be more productive than half the TEs in the league, it seems like.

nagle
nagle

'team doctor'  is a terrible doctor.  He screwed up the red sox, has been messing up pats for years.  he is awful.  i have been to him myself and he is a no talent scumbag.

shodges101
shodges101

That would be a shame. I loathe the Patriots with every fiber of my being, but this guy had a Hall of Fame career ahead of him, pity to lose that due to injury.

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

 @shodges101

 He is still a candidate for the Hall of Shame...don't rule out Gronk from starting a mud wrestling league featuring hookers and midgets.

shodges101
shodges101

@JackWilliams Just as long as Bibi Jones is giving out free samples at one of the concession stands....

6marK6
6marK6

I doubt the Pats or any other team will ever get a full season again from this guy.