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Rob Gronkowski likely to undergo fourth surgery on forearm

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02:26 PM ET 05.17 | Rob Gronkowski was hoping to avoid undergoing another surgery, but it now appears certain he will require a fourth operation on his left forearm, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. He is expected to have the procedure done Monday. Rapoport says Gronkowski had X-rays and was examined yesterday. Once doctors take a closer look at his forearm, a timetable for his return will finally be known.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Joe Toth/USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Joe Toth/USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2013  02:40 PM ET

Now where have I seen this story before? OH YEAH! HERE TODAY!!!!

May 17, 2013  03:37 PM ET

Maybe this thread is about his other arm

May 17, 2013  03:39 PM ET

Now there are reports he has an issue with a disc in his back that could require surgery. That would be brutal.

May 17, 2013  03:41 PM ET

The timetable for his return nearly overlaps with the timetable for his next stint on IR.

May 17, 2013  05:45 PM ET

This is not Good!

May 17, 2013  06:00 PM ET

There's almost no chance he'll get cut. He has more touchdowns than anyone else, and he's got a monster contract. But he needs at least one more operation, possibly even a 5th if the infection is lingering, and as LoveitHateIt said, there's talk that he will need another separate surgery on his back.

What are the chances they'll put him on the injured/return list and just force him to fully recover, saving him until later in the season?

May 17, 2013  06:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Now there are reports he has an issue with a disc in his back that could require surgery. That would be brutal.

Just heard confirmed reports that his back is a serious issue also. If he's got to get the arm operated on again and then they need to operate on his back he'll be fortunate to see the field at all this year if he ever sees it again. This is not good at all.

May 17, 2013  08:22 PM ET

Time to retire.

May 17, 2013  08:36 PM ET

It's time to take him out behind the barn and put him down. It's the only humane thing to do.

May 17, 2013  08:43 PM ET

He may be back, but he'd better take his health a lot more seriously if he wants to stay in the NFL.
Question is, is he finally mature enough to understand this reality?

 
May 19, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's time to take him out behind the barn and put him down. It's the only humane thing to do.

HAHAHA!

After we let him have one last blow out in Vegas, of course. We're not monsters.

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