The New England Patriots just can’t seem to stay healthy and it’s only the off-season. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that wideout Julian Edelman is in a walking boot altering his off-season routine as more medical attention needs to be placed on his foot which he broke in December of last season.
The Boston Globe had some more concerning news to report. Tight end Rob Gronkowski needs a fourth operation to change the plate that’s securing the broken bone in the forearm. This surgery will hopefully eradicate the infection in the forearm so he can begin to rehab. If the infection still persists, Gronkowski will need to undergo a fifth surgery on his forearm.
The other Patriots’ star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, underwent shoulder surgery this offseason. This will cause him to miss OTAs and the team’s minicamp in June.
There is a ray of hope for the Patriots with all three of these injuries. Edelman and Hernandez are both expected to be ready for training camp in July. Gronkowski, meanwhile, should be ready to go by the time preseason rolls around, as long as he is able to avoid a fifth surgery on his forearm.
All three wounded Patriots are essential assets in their’ offense. Edelman is the lone wide receiver returning from last year’s roster while Gronkowski and Hernandez are the key components of the Patriots’ unique two-tight end offensive system. Gronk and Hernandez are drastically more effective as a tandem. The Patriots will need Edelman, Hernandez and Gronkowski healthy if New England hopes to remain in the Super Bowl conversation.