As expected, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
will require back surgery. The procedure is set for the middle of June, and it
will keep Gronk out for at least the start of training camp, according to
Albert Breer of NFL.com.
Per source, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will need back surgery. Tentatively set for mid-June. He'll likely miss at least part of camp.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 29, 2013
Breer adds that Gronkowski’s arm is recovering well, but at
about the same time he was undergoing his final surgery his back issue cropped
up. He’s dealt with back problems in the past, as they caused him to miss his
junior season at Arizona.
While the surgery will cause Gronkowski to miss at least part
of training camp, the Patriots were expecting the procedure after the initial
findings. Breer also notes that back and spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins
will perform the operation.
Considering there still isn’t a clear timeframe for
Gronkowski’s return, there remains a chance that he could not be ready for the
start of the regular season. However, there’s also a chance he will be able to
suit up for Week 1. Once the surgery is completed and more is known about the
injury a clearer timeframe for return should be presented.
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