Report: Rob Gronkowski May Need Back Surgery

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Gronk hurt. Gronk sad.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The 2013 season for Rob Gronkowski continues to get worrisome by the week.

With reports indicating that Gronk will be requiring a fourth surgery on his forearm in the upcoming week, Mike Garafolo of USA Today is reporting that New England’s All Pro tight end might be dealing with a back problem.

Per Garafolo:

The New England Patriots’ tight end recently underwent an MRI on his back to check on a disc issue he had dating back to last season, a person informed of Gronkowski’s medical status told USA TODAY Sports…

…The person said the hope is, if surgery on his back is required, Gronkowski will be back within the same time frame as his recovery from the arm injury.

According to Garafolo’s report, Gronkowski will be meeting with spine specialist Robert Watkins in the upcoming weeks to determine what the necessary steps are needed for his potential disc issue.

Gronkowski appeared in 11 games this past season with the Patriots as he recorded 55 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.


Michael Hoomanawanui, Daniel Fells, Jake Ballard and recent UDFA Zach Sudfeld may be looked on to fill Gronkowski’s shoes in 2013 – a formidable task to be sure.

Where he will be missed most is in his blocking – none of the other tight ends on the roster offer the Patriots offense the same crushing blocking ability – an ability that keeps some defenses from substituting into their nickel defenses.

The Patriots offense has shown the ability to change rapidly to incorporate new parts or cover up missing ones – that might be tested early this year.

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8 Responses to “Report: Rob Gronkowski May Need Back Surgery”

  1. Oppitz says:

    Yes, we would miss his blocking, but we can live without it.

    What we cant live without is his redzone presence.

  2. AM says:

    Disc surgery can be very non-invasive, so this may not really be a major problem. That said, it may make sense to start him on PUP at this point, and give him several weeks to rest up and rehab.

    • kevin says:

      Backs can be funny in that what could cause one person lots of problems might not affect anothet. It is a bit of a concern that this is an ongoing issue for gronk who is a professonal athelete and in top shape. The major concern of course being neurological and if.he has leg pain or muscle weekness.. but there is no reason this could not be addressed now and hed be ready to go at.the start of.the season

  3. qwerty says:

    Surgery for back problems in general usually leads to more problems

  4. Jason says:

    Maybe that means a return to NE for Alex Silvestro?? He did go to Rutgers after all….

  5. Shame says:

    Such a shame he’s so injury prone. When healthy, he’s easily the best TE in the league.

    Down right unstoppable at times.

  6. jim r says:

    GRONK back after Thanksgiving, Heal up big fella

    • CC says:

      Yeah, so you can be showcased & then traded!
      Injury ridden Gronk = 1 Bad Ass Defensive S.O.B. added!

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