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Worst case for Gronk isn't pretty

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08:04 AM ET 04.08 | This sets up as a crucial time for New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, one that may have Patriots fans concerned. Dr. Ben Wedro, who practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic in Wisconsin and has provided medical information for media outlets at the Olympics, said the severity of a potential chronic infection could derail his record-setting start with the Pats. ... [This] infection cannot be taken lightly if it does not heal. "If he has a wound that is chronically infected -- they cannot get rid of the infection -- it could stop them from having the definite operation to completely repair his arm, which means he probably would not play football," Wedro said. "That is the worst-case scenario. I'm not saying that is going to happen, but that is the worst-case scenario."

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April 8, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Does Gronk even have a chronic infection in his arm??? If not this article is completely and utterly useless and meaningless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 8, 2013  08:31 AM ET

They might have to go back in the arm and remove the supporting rod, leave the arm without reinforcement until they can get the infection to go away. Then reinsert the rod and hope the infection doesn't return. An infection like Gronk HAS is not common. He's very doubtful to play at all this year and maybe not again.

April 8, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Does Gronk even have a chronic infection in his arm??? If not this article is completely and utterly useless and meaningless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It appears that they can not clear up an infection in his arm, which is delaying the replacement of a plate on his broken bone, which could delay him being ready for the start of the season. The article might be useless, but there does appear to be a career threatening problem.

April 8, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Worst case scenario is a massive coronary or falling off a building.

April 8, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Gronk is done yo... Done.

April 8, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Worst case scenario is a massive coronary or falling off a building.

Actually, worst case scenario is a drug-resistant staph infection that gets into the bloodstream. But the result is the same.

April 8, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Actually, worst case scenario is a drug-resistant staph infection that gets into the bloodstream. But the result is the same.

They cleaned the infection once and it came back... I think it's safe to say, the boy has a chronic infection.

April 8, 2013  08:58 AM ET

I would be very anxious if I were getting medical treatment from a guy named Dr. Werdo, especially if it is pronounced like weirdo.

April 8, 2013  09:11 AM ET

So, a Dr. Werdo who is in Wisconsin talks to the media about health issues of a guy he has never met . Does he tweet this stuff or have his own TV show?

April 8, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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...Does he tweet this stuff or have his own TV show?

Not yet... but he's trying.

April 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Actually, worst case scenario is a drug-resistant staph infection that gets into the bloodstream. But the result is the same.

I was envisioning a staph infection that causes them to take part of his arm.

Then he could resume playing football, but on par with a regular tight end.

April 8, 2013  09:43 AM ET

I hope he is healthy soon. Not a Pats fan, but the NFL needs more guys with names like Gronkowski. It just sits right with me.

April 8, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Does Gronk even have a chronic infection in his arm??? If not this article is completely and utterly useless and meaningless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know the Pats won't release any information until the procedure is actually done.

April 8, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So, a Dr. Werdo who is in Wisconsin talks to the media about health issues of a guy he has never met . Does he tweet this stuff or have his own TV show?

EXACTLY!

April 8, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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You know the Pats won't release any information until the procedure is actually done.

True dat!

April 8, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

You know the Pats won't release any information until the procedure is actually done.

BB has already listed every player on his roster as questionable for the first game.

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April 8, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So, a Dr. Werdo who is in Wisconsin talks to the media about health issues of a guy he has never met . Does he tweet this stuff or have his own TV show?

"...who practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic in Wisconsin and has provided medical information for media outlets at the Olympics,..."

It's not even his specialty. He deals with people who come into the ER overdosed on cheese. This sound like a guy who is supplementing his income by being a media strumpet.

 
April 8, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Gotta admit that I always get a kick out of BB's injury reports.

"Rex Racer (shin bruise) is listed as Questionable after receiving a kick from an injury report."

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