Found October 11, 2013 on Pro Football Zone:
According to WEEI in Boston,  the Patriots expected tight end Rob Gronkowski to be ready to play by week three of this season. The reason we’re all still waiting for Gronk to play is because his family is very concerned with the surgery that Patriots team doctor Tom Gill performed on Gronkowski’s forearm, While it is common practice for team doctors to perform on their own athletes, the Gronkowski family became concerned after repeated surgeries to treat infections in the area of an implement, or device, that was placed in the forearm to expedite the healing process. WEEI.com has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the surgery that the arm, injured initially on Nov. 18, 2012, against the Colts, might have healed properly on its own with no surgery necessary. But the team and Gronkowski, looking to hasten his return to the field, decided upon surgery to use an implement in hopes he would be ready for the playoffs. Gronkowski returned in the 2012 season finale and c...
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