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New England Patriots News: Rob Gronkowski, Aqib Talib

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski had a very successful Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital, as his surgery went well and the infection was fully eradicated by the time Gronkowski went under the knife. The doctors replaced the plate in Gronk’s left forearm during his fourth surgery, and he remains on track for a ten-week recovery period that would have him making it back to the Patriots in late training camp. It remains to be seen whether or not Gronkowski will need to have surgery on his back, and I have a feeling that will happen next month but will not cause Gronkowski to miss the beginning of the season. I expect the best but am prepared for the worst.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft talked about Gronkowski’s surgery and exuded confidence on the matter, “We were told it was as good a report as we could hope for.”

Cornerback Aqib Talib decided to re-sign with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal worth $5 million this offseason, which was an absolute steal for the Patriots considering the fears that Talib would get a big contract elsewhere and also considering that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie received the same deal from the Denver Broncos. Talib saw a drier market than expected due to an overflow of free agent CBs (such as new Miami Dolphins corner Brent Grimes), and a big 2013 season from Talib would showcase better consistency and yield bigger results for the Pats CB in free agency.

Talib spoke to the media today and said of staying in New England, via the Boston Herald, “It’s a great organization, a great team,” Talib said. “This is where I wanted to be. Definitely, I feel like I fit in.”

One more from Talib, “This is a great organization, a great team, great teammates.”

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