Posted October 11, 2013

Report: Rob Gronkowski’s return less certain

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

Rob Gronkowski has yet to be cleared to return to the Patriots. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Reports earlier this week had Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski likely to return to the lineup on Sunday against the Saints. A Friday morning Pro Football Talk report said the Pro Bowler has yet to be cleared and that there is less optimism surrounding his return.

Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will have final say over Gronkowski’s return after evaluating scans of his twice-broken arm.

WEEI.com reported Thursday that Gronkowski became concerned over the initial surgery performed by Patriots physician Dr. Tom Gill.

WEEI.com has learned from multiple industry sources that the arm, injured initially on Nov. 18, 2012, against the Colts, might have healed properly on its own with no surgery necessary. But the team and Gronkowski, perhaps looking to hasten his return to the field, decided upon surgery to use an implement in hopes he would be ready for the playoffs.

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Gronkowski broke the same arm in a different place upon his return in January, resulting in another surgery.  A recurring infection required additional procedures.

One source with knowledge of the initial forearm surgery told WEEI.com Thursday night that there is “serious concern” about the integrity of the bone where the implement was placed and about the surrounding nerves. The source indicated that if the bone had healed on its own without an implement, there might have been no infection. However, there now are concerns that an abscess developed, causing infection and likely weakening the bone. This prompted three more surgeries in the offseason on the forearm, separate from the procedure on Gronkowski’s back.

Gronkowski’s family and representatives were made aware of the issues in the arm and advised the tight end to hold off on returning to action until it could be determined that the bone in his right arm had fully healed.

It was later agreed that Dr. Andrews would be consulted and would decide on Gronkowski’s status, rather than leave the decision to the Patriots, Gronkowski and Dr. Gill.


19 comments
CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

i think the pats might consider trading for gonzalez, the falcons are going nowhere fast, have no chance of winning the division, plus since the pats the last byes he would get more rest

MrArlington
MrArlington

Gronk is damaged goods. Even if he does come back he'll be a shell of his former self.

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

Aaron Hernandez will play another NFL game before Gronkowski does.

Phil22
Phil22

Time to trade for Tony Gonzalez.  The Falcons are going no where.  He wants to win a SB ring.  And if Gronk comes back, we're back to having a double TE threat.

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Boslad
Boslad

Under lying problem with the integrity of the bone does not sound good to me. Gronk will not be back this year. He needs to ensure his arm is structurally sound and it sure does not sound that way right now. Be smart Gronk and don't listen to anybody in the Patriots organization when it concerns your health.

kj4027
kj4027

Gronk's body is fueled and built with huge doses of testosterone. Without it he is basically a tall skinny guy. He will probably not play again until he can start his PED regimen and lift weights like a crazy man.

beast
beast

The Pats need to write off Gronk until Dec. And they need to bring in some better receivers who can actually catch.  

They've got guys who can run down the field and get hit in the head by a Brady throw but they cant catch. 

If they dont bring someone in they wont get past the 2nd round. 

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

He had a red flag about injury issues coming out of college and into the combine...  Football is violent and dangerous.  He needs to be saving his pennies as his career might not have much more left in it...

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

The Gronkowski family does not trust the Patriots.  The Patriots made things worse with his arm by getting him to have surgery the first time, which actually weakened the bone and led to the second break because the Pats rushed him back for their own self interests.  This is bad for team morale. Other players have to wonder if the Pats will give them bad medical advice as well.  

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

Lets be honest....even if Gronkowski were to return this week.....he is not going to be the same player out of the gate. He is not in football shape, and he mentally will still need to come back from injury.

It is amusing to think that there are people with Gronkowski on their fantasy team thinking he will put up the same numbers as before he was injured immediately when that will not be the case.

gusCOYS
gusCOYS

@Boslad  

He's had so much trouble with the arm, multiple surgeries and infections and the like, the best thing he can do is shut it down like D Rose did.  Give away the season and hope to get back to 100% next year, after all he is still a young man and aims to play a lot more seasons to come

Whatever
Whatever

@beast You mean like Brandon Lloyd? Gee, bet they wished they hadn't cut him to save a few bucks now, eh?

Whatever
Whatever

@randomdeletion You have no idea whether Gronk pushed for a faster option or not. It may have been him who wanted the surgery so he could get back faster.

kcopen
kcopen

@fmfrijoles I've been saying the same thing. People are delusional if they think he's going to come back and immediately be the same guy. Plus on top of that, he will be the same injury prone guy. He may not even last long when he does come back. 

Whatever
Whatever

@fmfrijoles Even if he comes back anytime this year, teams will just put the Tony Gonzales defense on him:  Vice block him at the line, hold him, don't let him go free for 4-5 seconds, and simply remove him from the play. So NE is back to its same problem with receivers who don't get open, don't catch the ball, and who Brady can't get to be in the right places.

Bet Brady has been calling Brandon Lloyd about 20 times a day . . . .

DamionMosher
DamionMosher

You may be right that Gronk wanted to get back, but no way in hell Gronk made that decision alone, Pats pushed him toward it.

Adam B4
Adam B4

@Whatever @fmfrijoles  The Gonzalez D?  The Pats would KILL for a TE on pace for 1000 yards and 10 TDs, as Gonzalez is.