The New England Patriots are entering the AFC’s Divisional Round without Rob Gronkowski and likely won’t have their star tight end for another entire offseason of team workouts. A year removed from forearm and back surgery, “Gronk” now faces the horrors of coming back from a torn ACL. On Thursday, Gronkowski will undergo a surgery to repair the torn ligament and the clock will start ticking the minute the procedure is finished.
Thanks to a superhuman-like return from Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, the ACL injury has been downgraded in the public’s eye. Moreover, the Washington Redskins‘ Robert Griffin III also returned from such an injury after less than the usual nine months of rehabilitation, yet his return was far less productive than Peterson’s. For Gronkowski, his road toward the gridiron will be incredibly tough once again. Thankfully, the Patriots’ tight end has his surgery scheduled for January 9th, which is almost exactly eight months prior to the 2014 NFL season opener.
If we learned anything from Gronkowski’s trials and tribulations of 2013 it’s that No. 87’s health is never a sure thing. However, the Patriots could get lucky with Gronk as the tight end has more than enough time to rehab and get back to at least 80% before the first game of 2014.