New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Expected to Have Back Surgery in June

By Dan Parzych
(Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

It’s been an interesting offseason for Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots as the star tight end is recently coming off a fourth surgery on his forearm. There was never a set timetable as far as when Gronkowski will be able to practice again for the Patriots, but it looks like another surgery will keep him out even longer than originally expected.

Gronkowski is expected to have back surgery in the middle of June and there’s a good chance he will miss the start of training camp–which is the last thing the Patriots wanted to see happen. Even if New England assumed it was only a matter of time before the surgery was needed, Gronkowski has proven to arguably be the most dangerous pass-catching tight end over the last couple of seasons and after losing Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos this offseason–the Patriots will need all of the weapons they can get for the 2013 season if they’re going to capture the AFC East title once again.

Hopefully, this is the last surgery Gronkowski will need considering he seems to need another one just about every time we hear about him. It’s been a frustrating offseason when it comes to Gronkowski’s injuries, but hopefully this is the final one so he can focus on becoming healthy in time for the start of the regular season.

Otherwise–2013 could turn out to be an interesting season for New England if they have to start the year off without Gronk in the lineup.

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