Rob Gronkowski will indeed face yet another setback in rehabbing his twice-broken forearm.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported Tuesday morning that New England’s two-time All Pro tight end will need a fourth operation on 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
According to the report, there was some hope that Gronkowski wouldn’t have to go in for his fourth surgery, but as Guregian reports, the plate inside Gronkowski’s arm needs to be switched as well as the surrounding tissue has to be tested.
The surgery shouldn’t be looked at as a major problem, but it is a setback—there isn’t anyway around it.
Gronk broke his left forearm in Week 11 of this past season against the Indianapolis Colts and then returned to action for the team’s season finale against the Miami Dolphins, as he recorded two receptions for 42 yards and one touchdown. Gronk then suited up for the team’s divisional playoff battle against the Houston Texans, and on his first target of the game, Gronk broke his forearm yet again.
According to Guregian, returning to the start of the 2013 season remains in jeopardy for the 23-year-old tight end.
The Patriots still have the likes of Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jake Ballard and newly acquired Zach Sudfeld, but none of those players will be able to replace the dynamic game that Gronkowski possesses.