Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 11/4/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots carries a reception into the endzone past Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants for a first quarter touchdown on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
It just keeps getting worse for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Yesterday it was reported that he would undergo his fourth surgery on his injured forearm. Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that Gronk is battling “chronic” back pain, an ailment which the Patriots are investigating. On Gronk: Had heard he's battling "chronic" back pain and the Patriots were looking into it. This developments explains it. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 17, 2013 Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the back injury. He’ll reportedly meet with a spine specialist following next week’s forearm procedure. The last time Gronkowski faced back issues was while he was in college. A person close to Gronk told Adam Schefter of ESPN that the injury is minor, as there is still not concern surrounding his availability for the start of training camp. Quote from person close to Gronk: "He is going to be fine long term. (He is) not worried about the short term, I.e. start of training camp." — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 17, 2013 The back issue could be minor, but any additional injury news involving Gronkowski is bad news. His back may not sideline him for training camp, but there’s still a risk that his forearm will. Next week’s reevaluation will help determine it. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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