Rob Gronkowski Injury: Updates on Patriots Star's Status
New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski has a busy, challenging offseason ahead of him, as his back will require surgery, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com. The two-time Pro Bowler is also in the midst of recovering from a broken arm.
Now the Patriots are unsure if they will place Gronk on the PUP list to begin the season.
Follow along for the latest.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 1
From Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald:
Rob Gronkowski is in full uniform here at practice. Washington, Cole, Svitek absent.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 1, 2013
Gronk took part in team stretch, positional drills. He worked on blocking technique while getting out of his stance, and ran short routes.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 1, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 31
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Patriots will carry TE Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster and not place him on PUP, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
From Albert Breer of NFL.com:
Belichick says Gronkowski has been doing "the same thing every day" since the start of camp. For those of us who haven't been here every day— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 27, 2013
Anyway, the timeframe for Gronk's return has been, as we said last week, right around late September. Makes the PUP call a tough one.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 27, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
From Albert Breer of NFL.com:
Rob Gronkowski has been running for a while now. That the Pats put him in view of the media today is interesting. PUP call comes Saturday.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 26, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
From Alex Marvez of Fox Sports:
Rob Gronkowski (back) spotted working out individually on ancillary field at @patriots practice. Remains on PUP but looked fluid from afar— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) August 26, 2013
More Gronk: He was prepping for some cone drills when practice was closed to media. Lots of movement drills before (backpedal, etc.)— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) August 26, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports an updated timetable for Rob Gronkowski's 2013 regular-season debut:
According to a source, Gronk is doing very well in his rehabilliation from back and forearm surgeries performed in May and June. He's "right on schedule" for a mid-September return. In fact, he's healed and advanced to the point where he would be close to playing Week 1 in Buffalo, the source said.
However, the more realistic time frame for him to be ready and in 'football shape' would be shortly after, right around Game 3 against Tampa Bay assuming there are no setbacks.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19
From Adam Schefter of ESPN and Albert Breer of NFL.com:
It is “not realistic” to expect Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to be ready to play regular-season opener at Buffalo, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2013
Late September has been the general timeframe for a Gronkowski return. So as @AdamSchefter said, Week 1 is virtually out of the question.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 19, 2013
Everything with Gronk is fluid, b/c they're being careful, and he'll need to regain strength. That call on the PUP list will be a tough one.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 19, 2013
The good news on Gronk: He has been running. But again, regaining core strength/being careful is the priority.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 19, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, by Brandon Galvin
Comcast's Mary Paoletti captured Rob Gronkowski at Patriots training camp on Instagram:
UPDATE: Tuesday, July 23, by Eric Ball
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports the latest with Gronk as training camp looms:
Patriots place rob gronkowski, jake ballard, julian edelman and nick mcdonald on the physically unable to perform list— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) July 23, 2013
Albert Breer of NFL.com has an update from Rob Gronkowski on the status of his back.
Asked Gronkowski about his back, said he's in great spirits. Asked about NFL's crime problem, Gronk said "Ask Roger Goodell."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 11, 2013
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald also had an update on Gronkowski's arm, which has needed multiple surgeries.
No cast or brace on Gronk's left arm.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) July 11, 2013
ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest on Rob Gronkowski's recovery:
Gronk is rehabbing from back surgery with Pats trainers. Working on stretching and improving core strength. Too soon to know Week 1 status— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 10, 2013
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport provides an anticipated, but disappointing update on Gronkowski's status:
Despite undergoing several surgeries this offseason, there is still a chance Rob Gronkowski will be ready to start the season. NFL's Ian Rapoport has the latest:
Best update I got on Gronk's availability for 2013: Source: "He could be ready for the season." Patriots holding out hope. Many factors— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 18, 2013
Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed Rob Gronkowski's back surgery yesterday, released a statement, courtesy of WEEI's Christopher Price.
New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery performed by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles. The surgery went well. The timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program.
Price went on to report more details on Watkins and the surgery:
Watkins, who performed a different type of back surgery on the tight end when he was a collegian at Arizona in 2009, executed the same procedure on Giants’ defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul earlier this month.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronkowski's back surgery went as planned on Tuesday:
Back surgery on Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is complete, said to have gone "well," per source. When doesn't surgery go well?— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 18, 2013
The New England Patriots reportedly do not have a timetable for Rob Gronkowski's return, according to ESPN's Ed Werder per Rotoworld's staff.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported on SportsCenterMonday that the Patriots legitimately do not know when Rob Gronkowski will return from back surgery.
'The fact is the Patriots really don't know when he's gonna come back,' Werder stated. The Pats will have a better feel once Gronk's back operation is performed Tuesday, but Werder reports Bill Belichick has prepared 'many contingencies,' and noted New England is currently carrying a league-high seven tight ends on its 90-man roster. Gronkowski will open camp on the PUP list, and we suspect he may stay there into the regular season.
Don't worry Patriots fans, because if you're worried about Rob Gronkowski's health heading into next season, there's one person who isn't.
Naturally, that person is his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus did an interview with WQAM radio in Miami and downplayed the impact the surgery will have on Gronkowski (via Pro Football Talk).
“This is a lingering problem that Rob’s had for a while that’s he’s been playing with, actually through all of last season,” Rosenhaus told Joe Rose of WQAM. “The recovery will be very comparable to the amount of time he’ll miss with the arm surgery. So why not get it down and make sure when he is healthy he’s 100 percent and doesn’t have to address the back down the road?”
Rosenhaus said the back surgery is not “serious,” and that the problem is unrelated to the back issue that caused Gronkowski to miss the entire 2009 college season at Arizona.
“This is a new injury and it’s minor, it’s not as significant [as the prior back injury],” Rosenhaus said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal, I think it’s more preventive maintenance than anything else. It’s something that, although he needs it, he’s had it for a while and he’s been able to function.”
It has been an offseason of surgery for Rob Gronkowski, and he'll reportedly go under the knife once more. However, this time it will be a procedure to try and fix his back issues, per NFL.com's Albert Breer. It's also likely that he'll miss part of training camp, per Breer's report.
Good news for Patriots fans as it appears Gronkowski's forearm is officially no longer infected after today's surgery, per ProFootballTalk.com. The report also passes along that he has a new metal plate installed in his arm.
Gronk out of surgery.Infection gone.New plate installed.Good news all around.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 20, 2013
Double good news for Gronk: Training camp on time a possibility. And they can focus on his back now, hoping rehab is concurrent with forearm— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 20, 2013
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