New England Patriots Rumors: Will Rob Gronkowski Need Back Surgery?

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Throughout the offseason, one of the biggest concerns for the New England Patriots has been whether or not Rob Gronkowski would be ready to go before the start of the regular season as he’s been having complications from a broken forearm. In fact, there was a chance this week that Gronkowski may need a fourth surgery on his arm, but it also appears he may be in for another big surgery as well on his back.

One of the top New England Patriots rumors this week unfortunately involves Gronkowski and how he will most likely need back surgery once everything with his forearm is squared away. It was one thing for the Patriots to have to deal with Gronkowski’s forearm, but if he’s going to need to have surgery on his back as well–that just makes things even more complicated for the 2013 season.

As bad as it sounds, the chances of Gronkowski being able to suit up for Week 1 doesn’t sound promising and it will be interesting to see what type of impact this has on New England’s passing game. It’s no secret Gronkowski is arguably the most dangerous pass-catching tight end in the league and having him in the lineup always gave the Patriots an advantage on offense–which means these surgeries could be costly.

Still, the Patriots will have enough weapons without Gronkowski, but if they’re going to compete with the best in the AFC–they’ll need their star tight end back as quickly as possible.

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