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FOXBOROUGH, Mass- According to a report from USA Today, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski recently had an MRI to check a disk issue he experienced in his back, according to a source connected with USA Today.
The source, who spoke confidentially due to the Patriots strict policy about not revealing injuries to media, said that the disk was different than the one that required surgery in 2009. There is no decision at this juncture in regards to if he will need surgery. Next week, he will see Dr. Robert Watkins a spine specialist in order to put a new plate into his forearm.
If he does in fact need surgery, “Gronkowski will be back within the same time frame as his recovery from the arm injury” according to the report. The army injury occurred back in November during New England’s 59-24 win over Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
The Amherst, N.Y. native caught 55 passes for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games for New England last season. He is a crucial part of the Patriots’ offensive gameplan, and combined with Aaron Hernandez, the two make a formidable and lethal tight end combination.
A healthy Gronk is an explosive Gronk and that is exactly what New England needs as they gear up for another chance at a Super Bowl.