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New concerns about Gronkowski’s recovery

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What was originally viewed as a simple broken forearm (which is easier to say when it isn’t your forearm) has become a long-running issue for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

And now, there’s a chance the complications from his surgeries (plural) could put his chances at opening the season at risk.

According to Ron Borges and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Gronkowski’s still battling a stubbon infection, and may need to have yet another surgery to replace the metal plate designed to stabilize the bone.

According to the report, Gronkowski’s near the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotics, but doctors aren’t sure the infection is gone. Doctors plan to go back to take the metal plate out and install a new one to make sure the area is clean. If it isn’t (which they won’t know until they’re in there), they’ll have to make sure the tissue around the plate is clear of infection before putting a new plate in. That could push into the 10 weeks of healing time Gronkowski is said to need before the opener in September.

If the infection has cleared, he should have enough time to get healed for the start of the season, but that’s something they can’t guarantee.

He’s been on antibiotics since his third surgery in February, and doctors are expected to meet with him soon to determine a course of action.

While I’m not a doctor, and infections before breakfast are something I normally try to avoid on a Sunday, the report does sound a note of concern.

As it pertains to the football field, the Patriots obviously need him. But the multiple procedures and long treatment time raises questions about Gronkowski’s health beyond his ability to play football or dance shirtless.

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  1. liveandcrywithbills says: Apr 7, 2013 8:31 AM

    Looking forward to the rivalry between The Bills and Pats this year. I kno, The Pats own us but The Bills do play them tough some games… anyways, a bone infection after surgey is no joke… love them or hate them… here’s to wishing the best for Gronk our Buffalo native.

  2. gammynomnom says: Apr 7, 2013 8:39 AM

    If Gronk had Shanahan as a coach he would have long ago been cleared to play.

  3. j0esixpack says: Apr 7, 2013 8:53 AM

    Thank you Tom Coughlin for waiving Ballard!

    And thank you Belichick, for being willing to pay Ballard’s full salary why he rehabbed (unlike Coughlin).

  4. CKL says: Apr 7, 2013 8:55 AM

    It’s Gronk. Are we sure the antibiotics are related to his arm injury? :D

  5. dg0122 says: Apr 7, 2013 8:59 AM

    So there’s a tequila-resistant staph strain out there???

  6. boogymanoflamancha says: Apr 7, 2013 9:01 AM

    Is he rehabbing at the Browns facility?

  7. spedman24 says: Apr 7, 2013 9:04 AM

    Really doesn’t matter, it’s two years ago now that he put those crazy numbers up — he will never play up to that level again

  8. canetic says: Apr 7, 2013 9:11 AM

    You would think all that alcohol would have killed the infection.

  9. goodellsadouche says: Apr 7, 2013 9:17 AM

    Try not drinking for a cycle of antibiotics Gronk

  10. mazblast says: Apr 7, 2013 9:28 AM

    Are the Patriots contracting with the Mets’ medical staff?

  11. thenew013 says: Apr 7, 2013 9:42 AM

    all the “rg3 will have a short career” commenters arent saying much about gronk. gronk is frail to be so huge. and he definitely isnt recovering like a superhuman. not saying i hope he has a short career. i never would wish that on anyone but be fair because rg3 is probably closer to 100 than gronk is right now. probably because he is at a facility training is butt off 8 hours a day.

  12. ningenito78 says: Apr 7, 2013 9:50 AM

    Maybe if he keeps his shirt on when he’s fist pumping he won’t keep getting his arm infected.

  13. nfloracle says: Apr 7, 2013 10:14 AM

    This underlying infection that appears to be “cleaned out” once again shows the deteriorating condition of the American hospital experience.

    With all the drug-resistant bugs that have evolved thanks to the medical profession’s overuse of antibiotics, it’s going to become increasingly difficult for athletes (and normal people, too, of course) to quickly heal after surgeries, I’m afraid.

    Didn’t Tom Brady have to get his knee “cleaned out” a couple of years ago after infection set in? I believe this sort of thing has happened to several elite athletes…

  14. pinion8ted says: Apr 7, 2013 10:25 AM

    As long as he can get out there and boogie on the dance floor, it’s all good ;)

  15. marzxyz says: Apr 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    Gronk is beginning to make a case for himself as the poster boy for the injury prone. He missed a Super Bowl and virtually all of an AFC Championship game in two successive years. Now, it appears that he will not be ready for the season opener. Those are tough “credentials” to beat.

  16. seattlenative57 says: Apr 7, 2013 10:35 AM

    Antibiotics are much less effective when used with alcohol. Bottoms up, Gronkadonk!

  17. kacapaco says: Apr 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    Feel bad for my Patriots who invested too much $$$$$ and relied on him to lowball Welker. At this pace, I guarantee he won’t see the bigger chunk of his contract after couple of years.

  18. htowntexan says: Apr 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    He needs some of the AP and RG3 juice. . . .

  19. bert1913 says: Apr 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    that picture looks like gronks are fell off while dancing

  20. swagger52 says: Apr 7, 2013 11:40 AM

    Even though I would love to see Brady play without receivers, like Flacco has done for most of his career, I hope Gronk gets better soon. He and Welker play like Ravens.

  21. pilot2011 says: Apr 7, 2013 12:21 PM

    the Gronkasaurus would need an astroid to keep him out of foozball

  22. atruccon says: Apr 7, 2013 12:23 PM

    That sounds like he has osteomyelitis (infection in the bone). That’s not good

  23. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 7, 2013 12:34 PM

    Just chop the arm off and use a robotic one. That’s what we do.

  24. fearthehoody says: Apr 7, 2013 2:13 PM

    Pats got a deep stable at TE. Heal up, and be ready come week 3 or 4? The Hoody is already 2 steps ahead of this

  25. iseek11 says: Apr 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    As an OR nurse, I can say that infections usually result from one of two things. Poor technique on the part of the surgeon or staff during the procedure or non- compliance on the part of the patient regarding post-op protocol. Since Gronk and the Patriots no doubt have access to the best the medical field has to offer and judging from Gronks general personality and cavalier lifestyle, my guess is he probably was less than stellar following the antibiotic regimen and wound care.

    I may be jumping to conclusions, but I kinda think I’m not wrong.

  26. richc111 says: Apr 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    At least the game where he broke his arm they won in a tight, hard fought battle. Oh wait I am sorry NE was running up the score that game and kept piling it on. Karma is a bitch ain’t it. Prediction: this is Big Bill’s last year in the NFL because he knows there end is near. He won’t hang around to see other teams run up the score on them. He is too smart for that.

  27. tremoluxman says: Apr 7, 2013 6:12 PM

    Seems like going to the hospital for treatment nowadays is like it was back in the 1860s. Someone is not following proper antiseptic and sterilization protocols. There is no legitimate reason for these types of infections to be cropping up with such regularity.
    Either the OR staff isn’t doing the proper prep or the surgical staff is awful sloppy and just cranking the patients through to boost their paychecks. I hope I don’t ever have to go in for any reason. I might not survive.

  28. catquick says: Apr 7, 2013 8:05 PM

    Former Buffalo Bill safety Leonard Smith had his career end by a staph NFL tion he got inthe locker room after getting a brushburnon the old style carpet in Rich stadium. You would think 20 years of medical science moving forward would change things, but those little bugs are tougher thn NFL players.

  29. trapshoot says: Apr 7, 2013 9:10 PM

    Better to check him out completely than to rush him and end his career.

  30. spedman24 says: Apr 7, 2013 10:19 PM

    Gronk will NEVER be the player he was 2yrs back….too injury prone. Acts tough, clearly isn’t.

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