Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Rob Gronkowski is waiting to hear whether he will need a fourth surgery on his troublesome forearm, but it sounds like he’s doing pretty well in the meantime. Gronk broke his forearm while blocking on an extra point in a Week 11 win over the Indianapolis Colts in November. He returned in Week 17, but he re-broke the forearm in the team’s playoff victory over the Houston Texans in January. Gronk had a second surgery on the forearm, but his arm got infected and required a third surgery. Reports in April indicated he would need a fourth surgery because of the lingering infection, but the team has taken a “wait-and-see” approach. Now it sounds like there is a possibility Gronk could avoid a fourth surgery. ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss says Gronk has been participating in the Patriots’ offseason program and “looks great.” He says there is a possibility that Gronk could avoid the surgery and notes that doctors will make their decision in a few weeks. The Boston Herald reported in April that doctors would decide whether Gronk needs a new metal plate inserted in his left forearm. If he has the surgery, he would go through a 10-week rehab period, which could put his status for Week 1 in jeopardy.
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