Rob Gronkowski Injury: Updates on Patriots TE's Recovery from Forearm Surgery

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 7, 2013

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from forearm surgery.


UPDATE: Thursday, May 16, at 10:05 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gronkowski is set to undergo surgery on his forearm next week:

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to undergo a fourth surgery on his left forearm next week, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The exact date of the surgery is not yet set.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 8, at 10:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rob Gronkowski reportedly will need to undergo a fourth surgery on his forearm, according to Boston Herald's Karen Guregian.

As reported Sunday, Rob Gronkowski continues to be in a holding pattern, as doctors hope the tight end’s recently completed six-week course of antibiotic treatment finally stomps out a lingering infection in his left forearm.

According to a source familiar with the case, Gronkowski is going to need a fourth operation to change the plate that’s securing the broken bone in the forearm.

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UPDATE: Sunday, May 5, at 9:21 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

It is unknown if Rob Gronkowski will undergo another surgery on his forearm, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still a couple of weeks away from having a definitive answer as to whether he will need a fourth surgery on his left forearm, according to sources. The last month has been more of a 'wait-and-see' period, with Gronkowski essentially buying more time for doctors to determine if the infection has cleared. Gronkowski has been working in the Patriots’ offseason program, and for what it’s worth, one opinion from someone who has seen him is that he 'looks great.' A month ago, surgery was seen as 'very likely' but there has always remained a chance that it could be avoided. At this point, there have been no unexpected setbacks; however, as Gronkowski has already learned, things can always change quickly. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 11, at 12:19 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Rob Gronkowski's surgery will be put on hold for a few weeks to ensure the infection in his arm is gone.

"Gonna hold off for a few weeks to make sure infection gone before going back in,'' a source close to the situation said.

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UPDATE: Monday, April 8, at 9:23 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

As of now, Rob Gronkowski does not have an additional surgery on his forearm scheduled, according to's Chris Wesseling, per Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed as much to WSVN-TV in Miami. Rosenhaus emphasized that any speculation about Gronkowski missing regular-season action is "way off" and no determinations have been made on a fourth procedure.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen," Rosenhaus said. "There's no surgery scheduled, and we're not sure he's going to need one."

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Gronkowski may miss the beginning of the 2013 NFL season, as the superstar reportedly must undergo another procedure to replace a troublesome plate in the his surgically repaired left forearm. 

According to Ron Borges and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald and supported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronkowski has been battling infections in the vicinity of where a second plate was inserted to help fix his forearm, which originally broke in Week 11 of the 2012 campaign.

After missing all but one game of the regular season with the injury, Gronkowski suited up for New England’s playoff opener against the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, unfortunately, the star suffered another break just above where an original plate was installed.

Gronk was forced to endure another surgery shortly after, and he needed a third operation in February to treat a nagging infection, going on antibiotics immediately following the procedure.

As of now, the 6’6”, 265-pound tight end is just about at the end of a six-week cycle of medicinal treatment, but doctors don’t sound optimistic that the 23-year-old has been eradicated of infection.

If the medical staff finds traces of infection, they’ll have to wait until it clears up before putting in a new plate. This would likely mean Gronk would miss the early portion of the 2013 season, which kicks off in September.

However, should the red-zone threat be free of infection, the doctors can go right ahead with the procedure to replace the plate, making it possible that he returns for the team’s opener this coming season.

With wide receiver Wes Welker in Denver and a number of new faces on offense, All-Pro quarterback Tom Brady could certainly use a familiar target to help keep the Pats at the top of the league and set the team up for yet another postseason run.

Hopefully Gronkowski isn't out long, if at all, with this forearm issue.