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Rob Gronkowski needs fourth surgery, might not start season

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his arm in the month of November against the Indianapolis Colts, and he broke the same forearm again (different break, though) in January in a playoff game against the Houston Texans. But Gronkowski’s surgery count on his left arm ran up to three early in the offseason, as doctors caught an infection early on and needed to have Gronk undergo the knife again.

According to Ron Borges and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Gronkowski will need a fourth surgery on his left forearm. The doctors are worried that Gronk’s infection hasn’t been fully eradicated yet, and they plan on removing a plate in his forearm to see if the infection is indeed gone. This precautionary measure would cause for a fourth surgery for Gronkowski, and it would give Gronk a new plate to replace the old one.

If his infection is indeed gone, then the Patriots have nothing to worry about; Gronkowski will be ready to start the season. However, sources close to the Herald called the infection “stubborn”, so the infection might still be there. If the infection is still in his arm, then the doctors cannot insert the new plate until the infection is gone. In that case, Gronkowski would reportedly need ten weeks to heal, and his season would thus be in jeopardy.

It’s great to hear that the doctors are right on top of things with Gronkowski, but it’s terrible to hear that the infection may still be present. Keep an eye out on this, but I’m sure most of you would rather have a fully healthy Gronk to a week later than the start of the season than a potential repeat of what happened last year down the stretch. Let’s hope that the infection is gone, though, and Gronk has stated that he feels much better.

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