Originally written on FF Locker Room  |  Last updated 10/30/14

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)
Reports surfaced today that Patriots superstar TE Rob Gronkowski will be undergoing another surgical procedure to determine if the infection that had been found previously has cleared. There is growing concern that after his most recent 6 week bout of antibiotics, according to the Boston Herald, the infection has not fully cleared from the hardware and/or surrounding tissue. The Boston Herald report also stated that the decision to have the surgery to remove the surgical plate, which was originally placed to stabilize the radius that Gronkowski fractured on November 18th, has not been made yet. The idea is that they will go in to see first if the infection has spread to the surrounding tissue (fascia/muscle/bone) and if the hardware itself has been compromised. What happens with the metal hardware when infection is involved is that a layer of film is left on the hardware by the bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotics the individual is taking. So this round of medication Gronk ...
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