Rob Gronkowski Not Out of the Woods Yet

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

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.

Tags: Jake Ballard, Rob Gronkowski

4 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski Not Out of the Woods Yet”

  1. DaveM says:

    You guys look stupid now with your comments. Gronk will need back surgery and 12 weeks recuperation before he can start practicing.

  2. J H TARBORO says:

    AGAIN! watch out for Brandon Ford of Clemson and Zach Sudfeld UDFA TE’s reminds me of Gronk and Hernandez their sizes and skill set Ford at 6’3″ 240lbs and Sudfield at 6’7″ 255lbs.

  3. Ernie Adams' Love Child says:

    I love this site and usually the articles are great, so I hate to agree with the DanishBacon, but he speaks truthfully.

    True update on Gronk: Dr. Jesse Jupiter (with others) completed the 4th surgery and said everything looks fine. Jupiter is the premier specialist in this type of orthopedic surgery in the entire county and possibly internationally as well. I am only surprised the Patriots and Gronk took this long to go to the premier upper arm orthopedic surgeon when he primarily operates out of Mass General.
    James Andrews was there merely to watch and learn. He in an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee, elbow and shoulder reconstruction. I personally have undergone two complicated reconstructive wrist surgeries under Jupiter. He is a fantastic job. Jupiter took bone marrow out of my hip and injected into the wrist fracture area to act as natural clue. My upper arm is now stronger than ever and has complete structural integrity. Chill out on the Gronk front. He is on the right path rebuilding the beast that is the best Y tight end in football.

    Btw… The back surgery is supposed to be arthroscopic and minor.

  4. DanishBacon says:

    And where is the news in this exactly?? Basically no new info at all!
    The crapsheet is basically saying that nobody knows the status of the back (which seemed evident a week ago) but in his “opinion” Gronkowski won’t be ready for training camp. – Well Ok then.

    Is this really what poses as reporting these days ?






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