Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/17/13

A source with knowledge of the situation says Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have his fourth arm surgery sometime next week, although no exact date was given. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that surgery was indeed imminent after news that the arm looks to be clear of any infection. Doctors will examine him Monday to make sure, and x-rays will be taken Wednesday. That should clear the way for doctors to remove the old plate and replace it with a new one sometime after that. NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that "Dr. Jesse Jupiter, one of America's top fracture surgeons, is set to perform the operation next week at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews was consulted in the case." If all goes well, which it hasn't in the past, Gronkowski should be ready for training camp.

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