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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- According to a report from ESPNBoston.com, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will go under the knife once again. Two sources close to ESPNBoston’s Mike Reiss told him that it is “very likely” that the tight end will have surgery on his left forearm, this time to remove a plate inserted in his arm. The plate acted as a preventive in order to ensure the eradication of an infection located there.
If another surgery is deemed necessary, the recovery period would be “about 10 weeks” according to the report. This could affect Gronkowski’s ability to play at the start of the 2013 campaign. This injury first became noticeable, when according to the report, Gronkowski’s “arm was swollen and he noticed some discharge. “ He then called the Patriots, who arranged for him to come back to Boston in order to resolve the problem.
New England’s spokesperson Stacey Andrews said on Sunday that “the team doesn’t expect to comment.”
This injury occurred when the Patriots played host to the Indianapolis Colts on November 18. Since then, the 23 year old has undergone various treatments, including a six-week cycle of antibiotics that he is almost done with, according to a report written Sunday from the Boston Herald. However, since doctors are not sure whether the treatments have been effective or not, they will need to take out the forearm plate to check.
He caught 55 passes for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. His best game came when the Patriots traveled overseas to London to face the St. Louis Rams. In that contest, he caught eight passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Now, the beginning of his season is in jeopardy as he tries to get back to becoming a dominant tight end in the National Football League.