Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/17/13
When Rob Gronkowski burst onto the scene, he was the prototype tight end. Big and strong, Gronkowski seemed indestructible, but going into his fourth season, he's falling apart at the seams. According to Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY, the once mercurial star’s health is quickly becoming a dark cloud over his career. Gronkowski recently underwent a MRI for a back problem he suffered from last season. Before he was drafted, Gronkowski had a red flag due to back issues that kept him from being drafted in the first round. Those concerns are now coming to fruition as a different disc than the one he had surgery on in 2009, is giving the young tight end is the issue. Garafolo writes: ‘The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the Patriots' policy of not publicly detailing injuries, said the issue is with a different disc than the one that needed to be shaved down in via surgery 2009 and that a final decision on whether surgery will be required has not yet been made. The person said Gronkowski will see noted spine specialist Robert Watkins in the near future, after next week's surgery to install a new plate into his forearm.’  
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