Things are not looking good for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Earlier this past week, we learned that Gronkowski underwent his fourth arm surgery and that it was successful, per Albert Breer of NFL Network. According to Robert Kraft: “it was as good a report as we could hope for.”
However, Gronkowski isn’t out of the woods quite yet.
There were reports prior to Gronkowski’s fourth surgery on his arm that he might have to undergo treatment for his back—an injury that haunted him throughout his collegiate career at Arizona.
In a report on NFL.com posted by Ian Rapoport, the Patriots don’t know how serious Gronk’s back might be.
This is certainly not the news that the Patriots would hope for.
With the team parting ways with wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, it was assumed that Gronk would then slide in as Tom Brady’s go-to receiver.
In my opinion, I’m not even sure that Gronk will be ready to go for training camp—which could actually put the start of the regular season in jeopardy for the All Pro tight end.
With Gronkowski struggling to stay healthy, the acquisition of Jake Ballard a year ago is beginning to look like a brilliant move by Bill Belichick.
New England currently has seven tight ends on their roster, which is certainly a nice cushion if Gronk isn’t ready to go by training camp.