Posted June 14, 2013

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski to undergo back surgery Tuesday

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Rob Gronkowski will undergo his fifth surgery since mid-November. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski will undergo his fifth surgery since mid-November. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery on Tuesday, his fifth surgery since November, 2012, according to multiple reports. There is no clear timetable for Gronkowski to return to the field for the Patriots.

The 24-year-old tight end is expected to have his back surgery by Dr. Robert Watkins, who recently performed back surgery on the New York Giants’ Jason Pierre Paul. Gronkowski was experiencing chronic back pain and the Patriots anticipated the fifth surgery for Gronkowski.

Gronkowski underwent his fourth arm surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May. An infection from a previous procedure to repair Gronkowski’s broken left forearm had delayed the fourth surgery on his left forearm.

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.

 


26 comments
peterstrype
peterstrype

Guys ....Asprin And Amphetamines to get over his alcohol soaked brain was a big part of Mantles daygame prep ....Following his doctors advice was not.... and that probably did more to mangle his potential than anything ...GEEZ he friggin' drank after a liver transplant....So easy on the idol worship y'all

peterstrype
peterstrype

Gronk Shmonk....it's all about the system.... plug in mediocre players to a good system and Brady will make a star out of them ....THERE IS ANOTHER GUY ON THE BENCH WAITING FOR HIS TURN....for Belicheck and Brady to make you know his name...LOL

Jean
Jean

Can You say: TEBOW.

riley8
riley8

Hanging out with porn stars definitely leads to major back problems.

Action
Action

I love Gronk, but I'm afraid his career is over.  I don't say that gleefully, because I think he could have been in the Hall of Fame one day.  Football is unforgiving.

iclasticons
iclasticons

Reminds me of Mickey Mantle and Bo Jackson. Physically perfect bodies and incredible spirits but crippled by medical problems. I sure hope Gronk beats this and is able to live his life as he dictates, not as his back and arm do.

6marK6
6marK6

They need to put this guy in a plastic bubble whenever he comes off the field.

Mike26
Mike26

The dude missed his senior year of college ball because of his  back.  Why is anyone surprised?

ejfefs
ejfefs

Jesus,

This guy is only 24.     

John4
John4

@Jean What does the Tebow signing have to do with Gronkowski's surgery?  Different positions.  Tebow was signed as a backup QB, probably third string.  Your post was confusing in that it had nothing to do with the article, and makes little to no sense.

peterstrype
peterstrype

@Jean i can also say stiff...and not an nfl caliber player .....thats why zero money guaranteed....Belicheck loves to stick it to Jets....thats what this is.... no risk

MickPatrick
MickPatrick

@iclasticons Okay, Tiger. But if you could spend a might with only one of them, which would you pick?

Action
Action

@iclasticons Bo Jackson's medical problem was one freak play, which can happen in football.  Mantle's body just wore out, in part because he didn't take care of himself off the field.

McInnes
McInnes

@iclasticons "Physically perfect bodies ... but crippled by medical problems." Did you read your comment before posting it? Or did it all gush out in a fit of hero worship?

iclasticons
iclasticons

MickPatrick: LOL! I'm a guy (albeit an old and wrinkled guy), so given that constraint I choose Kate Upton. I would be dead by morning, but what a way to burn out. If I were female, I would probably die of natural causes before I could make a decision. But let's not tell my wife I said this, ok?

iclasticons
iclasticons

You might want to research the origin of the knee problems that haunted and limited the majority if his career. Yes, The Mick had major off-field problems but the man was The Natural and probably right there with Bo Jackson for the most perfect baseball players ever that were not creatd by pharmaceuticals.

iclasticons
iclasticons

I read it and meant it. What's it to you, Snark?

iclasticons
iclasticons

I read it, and meant it. What's it to you, Snark?

Action
Action

@McInnes @iclasticons I don't know about Mantle, but I think he's correct about Bo Jackson.  Maybe not a "physically perfect body", but quite possible the greatest natural athlete from the USA of the past 50 years.  I reserve the term "physically perfect body" for women in bathing suits, or less.

jamie11230
jamie11230

@McInnes @iclasticons Mickey Mantle had a combination of speed and power not seen on a baseball diamond until Bo Jackson.  If they had arthroscopic surgery in his day, I believe he could have had 700 home runs and 700 stolen bases.

iclasticons
iclasticons

I have read his bios but I was a boy in Oklahoma City when he hit the big leauges. I read everything I could about him from Day One and continued that through and after his death. Much later, I was lucky enough to get know his brother. I know his flaws and his accomplishments and will always wonder about what might have been.

peterstrype
peterstrype

@iclasticons read the bios about Mantles off field antics ....many people count taking amphetamines as pharmaceuticals....which many people said mantle used as did all others in... THE DAY

iclasticons
iclasticons

Ok, I can respect someone saving that descriptor for the likes of Kate Upton, Heidi Klum, etc.