There”s no avoiding it, as multiple reports state that New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski will indeed undergo a fourth surgery on the left forearm that he broke in January in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Houston Texans. Prior to that game, Gronkowski also broke his left arm against the Indianapolis Colts in November, and he needed a third surgery early in the offseason due to an infection. That infection has been incredibly stubborn, and it could have caused Gronkowski to undergo a fifth surgery if it was not eradicated.
The fourth surgery was always in the cards for Gronkowski, because he always needed that plate in his forearm to be replaced. Sure the Patriots were looking for alternatives to surgery, but those were never going to amount to anything. The great news is that the reason why Gronk is undergoing a fourth surgery is because the antibiotics have finally wiped out the infection after examination two days ago. Gronkowski is good to go, and he will be back in time for training camp and definitely back in time for the regular season.
The presence of Jake Ballard is the only thing that eases our quiet concerns on Rob Gronkowski, and even though I have been optimistic to this point, I still can’t help but worry about the effects of having four surgeries on one arm in the span of less than a year. Gronk is one tough guy, but this isn’t even a matter of toughness anymore.
Ian Rapoport tweeted yesterday that surgery is “imminent” for Gronkowski, and that the “plan” is for Gronkowski to go under the knife on Monday. Rapoport adds that he has already underwent X-Rays and was examined by team doctors two days ago. All we can do is hope for the best and wish the best to Gronk in his recovery. This is actually very good news that Gronkowski is undergoing his fourth surgery, because it means that the infection is cleared.
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