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Report: Infection threatens Rob Gronkowski's recovery

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09:33 AM ET 04.07 | According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, tight end Rob Gronkowski has been battling a stubborn infection in the area around where a second metal plate was installed to repair his broken left forearm and his readiness for the season is in jeopardy. Gronkowski is nearing the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotic treatments administered under the auspices of Massachusetts General Hospital, but it is not yet assured the infection has been completely eradicated. Doctors treating Gronkowski will have to go back into the arm again to remove the plate and install a new one, but if they find more infected tissue, they would be unable to install the plate at that time. That would require another surgical procedure after the tissue around the injury is clear of infection and, sources confirmed, that would not give Gronkowski the required 10 weeks healing time to be ready for the season opener in September. Gronkowski, agent Drew Rosenhaus, team officials, both team physicians and outside consultants are expected to meet within a week to make a determination of what step will be taken next and how quickly to move. All are hopeful the pesky infection has been cured but they cannot be sure until the surgery to remove the old plate and the process to replace it begins.

Boston Herald

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April 7, 2013  09:41 AM ET

The Ones You Can't See Hurt The Most, Bro.

April 7, 2013  09:52 AM ET

I wish him well, get better soon.

April 7, 2013  10:01 AM ET

20/20 hindsight says it was the wrong move to bring him back after 5 weeks the first time. Never heard of any broken bone that was diagnosed at less than 6 weeks to heal and then that does not mean you are 100% suddenly.

Football can be a very cruel sport. Short term outweighs long term in the NFL trainers room. Have to wait and see, he could be fine by September.

April 7, 2013  10:42 AM ET

See what happens when you hang around pornnstars? He should be lucky only thing infected is his , darn mustache rides

April 7, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

See what happens when you hang around pornnstars? He should be lucky only thing infected is his , darn mustache rides

There must be some truth to this.

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April 7, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Hospitals are where you pick up the worst, drug-resitant strains of infections, typically staph. And bones don't get as much blood circulation as soft tissue does, so it is harder to get rid of bone infections. Medical mistakes in hospitals kill a lot of people each year, and screw up a lot more. This appears to be one of them

April 7, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hospitals are where you pick up the worst, drug-resitant strains of infections, typically staph. And bones don't get as much blood circulation as soft tissue does, so it is harder to get rid of bone infections. Medical mistakes in hospitals kill a lot of people each year, and screw up a lot more. This appears to be one of them

There is that little none secret. Hospitals are filthy places to be too often.

April 7, 2013  11:34 AM ET

I knew a guy in college who had the same injury, got an infection and never fully recovered. I hope Gronk doesn't have the same thing happen to him.

April 7, 2013  12:05 PM ET

If you want to scare the crap outta yourself look up mrsa

April 7, 2013  12:09 PM ET

Maybe if he wasnt at the club dancing on stage and body slamming his friend and rest instead he may have all better now,

April 7, 2013  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

20/20 hindsight says it was the wrong move to bring him back after 5 weeks the first time. Never heard of any broken bone that was diagnosed at less than 6 weeks to heal and then that does not mean you are 100% suddenly.Football can be a very cruel sport. Short term outweighs long term in the NFL trainers room. Have to wait and see, he could be fine by September.

Shanahan is bragging again about how quickly RG III is recovering. Gronk came back too quickly and now may never be the same. They are at different stages of development, but this could end up being the same story.

April 7, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hospitals are where you pick up the worst, drug-resitant strains of infections, typically staph. And bones don't get as much blood circulation as soft tissue does, so it is harder to get rid of bone infections. Medical mistakes in hospitals kill a lot of people each year, and screw up a lot more. This appears to be one of them

very possible

April 7, 2013  12:31 PM ET
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Shanahan is bragging again about how quickly RG III is recovering. Gronk came back too quickly and now may never be the same. They are at different stages of development, but this could end up being the same story.

So, what was the rush last year. It was not like the Bills or Dolphins or Jets were breathing down their throats?

April 7, 2013  12:54 PM ET
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So, what was the rush last year. It was not like the Bills or Dolphins or Jets were breathing down their throats?

Home field advantage in the playoffs is all I can come up with. The Texans were stumbling badly and Hoodie was going for all the advantages he could get.

April 7, 2013  03:11 PM ET

Oh! He of the **** flick fame!

April 7, 2013  03:14 PM ET

Well, Rob, you reap what you sow. Maybe you won't be such a knucklehead next time.

April 7, 2013  05:19 PM ET

This is going to drain the guy for a while, infections are something you want to stay away from!!!

April 7, 2013  08:58 PM ET

I'm beginning to wonder if this guy will ever be able to put together a full season.

 
April 8, 2013  11:10 AM ET

The consumption of alcohol does slow the recovery process, makes the body more susceptible to sickness. So does lack of sleep, if one goes partying all night. Not that Gronk does this, don't know the man outside the media, just sayin...

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