Does New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Need More Surgery?

By Dan Parzych
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Even though the start of the regular season is still a few months away, there’s still plenty of questions surrounding whether or not New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to suit up for Week 1 of the 2013 season as he continues to recover from a broken forearm. At first, all signs pointed to Gronkowski being able to return in time, but it appears there may be a reason to be concerned after all.

Apparently, it looks like that Gronkowski will need a fourth surgery to change the plate in his forearm and to make things even worse–there’s a possibility of the tight end needing a fifth surgery down the road. Obviously, this is the last thing New England wants to see happen considering there’s already plenty of questions surrounding what to expect from the passing game now that Wes Welker is a member of the Denver Broncos, but at least they managed to sign Danny Amendola as his replacement.

There’s no question how important it is for New England to have Gronkowski in the passing game considering he’s arguably the most dangerous pass-catching tight end in the league and one of the most reliable weapons for Tom Brady. If Gronkowski does end up going through with these surgeries, let’s hope it won’t have as much of an impact on his return before the start of the regular season.

Otherwise, it could be an interesting couple of weeks for the Patriots at the beginning of the year.

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