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Patriots will delay Rob Gronkowski's surgery

Karen Guregian and Ron Borges of the Boston Herald first reported the news that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would need to have a fourth surgery on his left forearm due to a “stubborn” infection. Later reports contradicted that the Patriots decision to put Gronk under the knife once again was final, but two sources close to Mike Reiss stated that surgery is “very likely” for Gronkowsi. However, Mike Garafolo reported (and others have confirmed) that the Patriots are actively looking for alternatives to surgery for their star TE.

Now, Guregian is reporting that the Patriots will hold off surgery for Gronkowski for a few more weeks and keep him on that six-week antibiotic cycle. They want to make sure the infection is completely gone before replacing the plate in his left arm, and the Patriots medical staff is definitely monitoring this situation closely. They are rightfully wary of making Gronk go under the knife for a fourth time. He had surgery on his left forearm in November after first breaking it against the Indianapolis Colts, he had another surgery after breaking it a second time in January against the Houston Texans, and he had a third surgery very early in the offseason after doctors found that Gronkowski’s arm was infected.

The exact words the source told Guregian were, ”Gonna hold off for a few weeks to make sure infection gone before going back in.”

Just like the first time, Ron Borges also contributed to Guregian’s report on the latest dealing with Gronkowski’s left forearm. The doctors will need to go back and replace that plate after the wait, and the healing time is, as reported earlier, expected to take ten weeks. Drew Rosenhaus (Gronk’s agent) and others don’t expect Gronkowski to miss any regular season time, and I also expect Gronk to be ready. There is a chance he won’t be, but the Pats seem to be on top of things.

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