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Report: Gronkowski 'very likely' needs 4th surgery

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04:59 PM ET 04.07 | Rob Gronkowski hit another roadblock in his recovery from a broken forearm. Two sources told ESPN Boston that the tight end will "very likely" need a fourth surgery on his arm to clean up an infection and replace the metal place in his forearm. If surgery is required, it would take at least 10 weeks for a full recovery. Gronkowski has been sidelined since November with the broken arm. He tried to make a comeback in the divisional playoff game, but quickly aggravated his injury. He's guaranteed to miss spring OTAs and most of training camp, and it's not a given that he will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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April 7, 2013  05:02 PM ET

April 7, 2013  07:06 PM ET

Hopefully it's brain surgery.

April 7, 2013  07:56 PM ET

Wow. This guy can't catch a break.

April 7, 2013  09:17 PM ET

He's paying the price for taking his talent for granted. One would think he would have taken his rehab a little more seriously than to get drunk and body slam somebody while his arm was in a cast. Guess he thought it just couldn't happen to him.

April 7, 2013  11:48 PM ET

That's the way it is with these young guys, UF. They think they're indestructible.

April 8, 2013  07:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wow. This guy can't catch a break.

Actually.... yes he can.


Gronk is done.

April 8, 2013  07:17 AM ET

With an ailing arm, he also can't lift any weights.

April 8, 2013  09:10 AM ET

If he has the extra surgery now, I see no reason he can't be ready by training camp unless further complications arise.

April 8, 2013  08:37 PM ET

I'm no Pats fan but it's not hard to root for this guy.

 
April 9, 2013  12:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If he has the extra surgery now, I see no reason he can't be ready by training camp unless further complications arise.

The problem is that, according to reports, he's going to need two surgeries. They're gonna have to take out the screws and the plate (to restore a more normal bloodflow to the bone) and run a full-course of antibiotics. Then they're going to have to go in a few weeks later, see how the bone has healed, replace the plate (possibly rebreaking the bone in the process) and allow normal healing to occur.

He could be looking at 10 weeks.

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