New England Patriots Should Be Concerned Over Rob Gronkowski's Fourth Surgery

By Dan Parzych
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Throughout the offseason, there’s been plenty of concern surrounding Rob Gronkowski and whether or not he would be ready to go for the New England Patriots in Week 1 of the 2013 season. While all signs at first pointed to Gronkowski being able to return in time for the start of the regular season, it appears there may be some more setbacks than originally expected now that the star tight end needs another surgery on his arm.

For those of you that remember, Gronkowski broke his forearm during the regular season in 2012 and then once again in the Divisional Round of the postseason–making it seem like his 2013 season would be at risk. Gronkowski currently has a plate in his forearm to keep the bone in place, but it appears there are more complications than expected–meaning there’s no telling what to expect about his timetable of return.

It’s no secret that Gronkowski is one of the league’s most dangerous pass-catching tight ends when healthy and the Patriots realize how important it is for him to be ready to go for the 2013 regular season. The fact that this is Gronkowski’s fourth surgery is never a good sign for any player and the last thing New England wants to see happen is have this injury have an impact on the 2013 season.

Gronkowski has been a big part of the Patriots’ offense over the last couple of years and they realize how important it is to have him in the lineup next year–so let’s hope this fourth surgery doesn’t delay his rehab process.

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