New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski is on the verge of his fourth surgery on injured right forearm according to a report from The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian.
Gronkowski originally injured his forearm back on November 18 during field goal coverage in the Patriots 59-24 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts. He re-injured the forearm, although a different fracture, during the Patriots divisional round victory over the Houston Texans in January.
Gronkowski has just completed a round of anti-biotics designed to knock out any infection that may be lingering in the arm. Apparently this latest surgery is required to replace a plate that was inserted during a previous surgery and the surrounding tissue will need to be tested as well. According to the report, this surgery has been on the horizon although the exact timing was left in question.
The expected recovery time after this surgery takes place is approximately 11 weeks which may affect the start of the NFL season as most training camps in the league begin in just 12 weeks. All of this is dependent on the infection being gone.
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