New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is set to have surgery on his knee tomorrow, in what will hopefully be a successful operation, to repair his torn ACL. Gronkowski had an up and down 2013, as he missed the first six games due to a nagging forearm injury, but he then had a dominating run, catching 39 balls for 592 yards, including four ‘Gronk Spikes’. He injured his knee in week 14 against the Browns, when safety T.J. Ward tackled him right at the knee, causing it to bend awkwardly, ending his 2013 campaign. Many have deemed the hit “dirty”, due to its dangerous nature, but with all the new rules being put into play over the last couple of years, where was Ward supposed to hit him? I think it was a fine hit, it just didn’t end well for Gronkowski and the Pats.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, who has done many ACL operations throughout the NFL. If everything goes as planned, Gronk should be ready to go by the beginning of training camp in the middle of July. But as we now know from his forearm issue, things can go haywire, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised to see big number 87 starting 2014 on the sideline.