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Rob Gronkowski doing well, successful fourth surgery

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is on the right track after undergoing the fourth surgery on his left forearm yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital. The doctors fully believed that Gronkowski’s infection had subsided, and it left just in the nick of time. Gronkowski was facing a potential fifth surgery, but that’s all out of the way now. And while there are some worries about how things will hold up long-term from the fans, it is telling that the Patriots and Gronkowski don’t seem to be too worried about all of that. Overall, Gronkowski’s surgery was a smashing success, as the infection was gone and the new plate successfully in.

Gronk always needed to have his plate replaced, so the worries about a fourth surgery mean nothing. In fact, the fourth surgery was merely a necessity in making sure Gronkowski’s arm remains strong going forward. I wonder if the Patriots will ease up on his blocking duties early on in the season, and, at this point in time, I highly doubt Gronk misses the start of the season.

At this point in time, I am considerably less worried about Gronkowski’s status due to the clearance of the infection and the successful surgery. He’s not completely in the clear yet and will likely need surgery on his back to resolve chronic pain there, but, by and large, Gronk is looking better. The fears of the contract going down the drain are a bit too pronounced, and now is not the time to be a debbie downer. Cautious pessimism is never a bad thing, but there’s no sense in getting all upset over Gronk’s status. Let’s hope things continue to go well for Gronk, and the recovery period for his arm is ten weeks. As for his back if surgery is done on it, Gronkowski’s time table for a return would be within the time table of return for his arm.

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