Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 5/18/13

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's offseason has gone from bad to worse.Not long after learning he would need a fourth surgical procedure on his left forearm, Gronkowski found out he would "probably" need surgery on an injured disc in his back, according to a report by ProFootballTalk.com. The All-Pro tight end is seeking a second opinion from spine specialist Robert Watkins.If surgery is required, it would take place three to four weeks after his latest arm operation, which is scheduled for Monday. Barring any complications, the timetable for recovery for both injuries is expected to have him ready for training camp.Gronkowski's absence, as well the implications of his obvious proneness to injury, will compel the other, lower profile New England tight ends to establish themselves as capable replacements during summer mini-camps and OTAs. Aaron Hernandez, the other half of the Patriots' lethal tight end duo, is recovering from a shoulder surgery himself and is unlikely ...
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