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Rob Gronkowski needs a fourth, and hopefully last, arm surgery

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When we last checked in on the twice-broken arm of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, the outlook was reasonably good, as Gronkowski hadn’t had any unforeseen setbacks. But there is one outstanding question that could be a reason for concern.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that Gronkowski is going to need a fourth operation to replace the plate that secures the broken bone in his forearm. That fourth surgery has long been expected and isn’t considered a major problem. If everything involved in the fourth surgical procedure goes well, Gronkowski will still be on track to play in Week One.

The real question, however, is whether the fourth procedure finds that Gronkowski has infected tissue in his forearm. If he does have an infection, he would then need a fifth operation. At that point, his availability for the regular season could be in question. So Gronkowski and the Patriots are hoping the fourth surgery is the last.

The 23-year-old Gronkowski broke his arm in Week 11 of last season and then missed Weeks 12-16. He re-broke the arm in the playoffs, and the status of his arm has been a much-discussed topic in New England since.

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57 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski needs a fourth, and hopefully last, arm surgery”
  1. ozymandias121 says: May 8, 2013 11:27 AM

    Antonio Gates 2.0?

  2. floratiotime says: May 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    You have to wonder how much of this could have been avoided if he took proper care of himself.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: May 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    Tough to do the Running Man with one bad wing.

  4. explosionsauce says: May 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    Come on gronk, you are my keeper 2 years in a row at round 11. You gotta come back!

  5. breakingb says: May 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    Graham> Gronkowski

  6. justsomerandomguy24 says: May 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    This guy is such a great talent when he is healthy. Hope he can stay on the field…

  7. jpb12 says: May 8, 2013 11:32 AM

    This guy can’t play with a metal plate in his arm. It’ll just break again.

  8. getyourownname says: May 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    I hope he recovers, whether or not he plays again. His quality of life is at stake.

    These kinds of infections are terrible and don’t get as much publicity as they should. I would also hope the public starts paying attention to basic health and hygiene concepts which can do a lot to prevent their spread. Unfortunately too many people act ignorantly and without any regard for such matters.

  9. cocheese000 says: May 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    I snapped the same forearm in half and remember the doctor telling me to be careful not to break it again because the 2nd surgery is far more worse. Cannot even imagine needing to have 4 surgeries.

  10. tsizzlesucks says: May 8, 2013 11:37 AM

    Breakingb, what has Grahm done to prove it? Gonzalez is better than the both of them anyway, anyday!

  11. deadeye says: May 8, 2013 11:40 AM

    Even as a Dolphin fan, I love what Gronk represents and genuinely enjoy watching him play.

    Gronkowski, may your recovery be swift and complete.

  12. descendency says: May 8, 2013 11:46 AM

    Just let him get healthy so he can be a beast in the playoffs when the team really needs him.

  13. ErikW65 says: May 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    “I warned him not do two things, fisting and going into hot tubs,” his doctor said.

  14. beachsidejames says: May 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    Can’t get it right after 4 ..might be time to look for another doctor.

  15. dalcow4 says: May 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    Those guys are going to miss Wes Welker a heckuva lot more than they thought.

  16. AntoineDodson says: May 8, 2013 11:49 AM

    May as well just lop it off at the elbow.

  17. steelerdynasty2010 says: May 8, 2013 11:49 AM

    sounds like they just keep fixing it with duct tape and newspaper

  18. somekat says: May 8, 2013 11:50 AM

    I don’t get the whole “hasn’t had any unforseen setbacks” thing. Does that mean he has had setbacks, but they were forseen?

  19. accipiterq says: May 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    He’s starting to remind me of Bob Sanders, the safety that used to play for the Colts. Great game changing talent, but just can’t stay healthy, probably plays a little too recklessly.

  20. mccourty1sland says: May 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    Cheating, partying in Vegas, filming, Brady is a woman, belicheat,blah blah blah, asterisks, tainted lombardis. Is that good?

  21. ravensallday2012 says: May 8, 2013 11:55 AM

    That teams a joke anyway. Without cheating they can’t win. Ravens again this year

  22. kacapaco says: May 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    Mankins once said ‘Gronk is meat-head’. He is right, so is my d’k. Gronk=d’k

  23. obsessedvikingfan says: May 8, 2013 11:59 AM

    Kyle Rudolph is the best TE in football anyways.

  24. broncosllbuckya says: May 8, 2013 12:04 PM

    He probably reinjured it break-dancing. At least Welker is with the right team.

  25. rc33 says: May 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    Enjoy the Flacco contract, Ravens. Enjoy.

  26. 305phinphan says: May 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    As a Dolphin fan and as much as I despise the Pats it is fun to watch the best TE in the league play. If my Fins beat them I want them to do it with their second best player on the field. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he can get past this nagging injury for good.

  27. joeyashwi says: May 8, 2013 12:21 PM

    Maybe but Rudolph still has Ponder lobbing him the ball. If he were on the Pats he would be dangerous.

  28. supremekingz says: May 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    Screw Gronkowski. Bum

  29. steviemo says: May 8, 2013 12:26 PM

    I Voodoo dolled the Patriots and may have inadvertently stuck a pin in Gronk’s arm.

    The devil made me do it. But mostly, just blame my trip to New Orleans.

  30. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: May 8, 2013 12:27 PM

    I think we can all agree that the most important thing is to get a firm status before the deadline for fantasy keepers.

  31. trojanwarrior007 says: May 8, 2013 12:35 PM

    remind me not to use his surgeon.

  32. mogogo1 says: May 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    A lot of spin in there regarding “unforeseen setbacks.” So, when they did the original surgery their anticipation all along was that he’d need 4 of them? If the 5th surgery is required, would that finally amount to an unforeseen setback? At this rate, he could be forced to retire and the doctors would still be saying nothing unforeseen had happened.

  33. catquick says: May 8, 2013 12:38 PM

    Paul Poslusny had the same problem in Buffalo. The plate was too small and he rebroke his arm. Pats fans will remember when he broke it, as it was against them when he originally broke it. Now, he seems fully recovered. It just takes time.

  34. buddysguys says: May 8, 2013 12:41 PM

    roids make your bones weak…read it in on the interweb

  35. sportsbastard says: May 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    Bahahahaha!!! Kyle Rudolph isn’t even the best TE in the NFC North.

  36. prideof10000lakes says: May 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    getyourownname says:May 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    I hope he recovers, whether or not he plays again. His quality of life is at stake.

    These kinds of infections are terrible and don’t get as much publicity as they should. I would also hope the public starts paying attention to basic health and hygiene concepts which can do a lot to prevent their spread. Unfortunately too many people act ignorantly and without any regard for such matters.

    _________________________

    It’d be alot easier to feel sorry for the meat-head millionare and his quality of life sitting in his mansion if he actually took care of himself.

    I dont think the ‘public’ needs to start paying attention to anything any more than a lot of these professional athletes need to start paying attention to their health, rehab, and off the field character. If my arm was broken and I couldnt work, I would do everything in my power to get back as healthy and quickly as I could. He at least still recieves a paycheck while getting “gronked out” in vegas. Tell my boss to pay me if I can’t show up for work.

    If anything the ‘public’ needs to quit treating these guys like poor, underpriveliged children and building them up to be some sort of super hero. At the end of the day all they are is entertainers, strictly entertainers.

  37. mikecal645 says: May 8, 2013 12:50 PM

    Nobody from the Herald is worth reading. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else say he’s had any setbacks unless they were quoting either this chick or Borges.

  38. thisonesforpat says: May 8, 2013 1:08 PM

    Didn’t the second surgery occur BECAUSE Gronk used his bad arm as a tri-pod dance partner?

    So, that means after abusing his broken arm, requiring an at-the-time unscheduled 2nd surgery, (he) hasn’t “had any unforeseen setbacks.” According to whom? This whole post-injury ordeal was unforeseen!

    And the Pats …”haven’t won a thing since Spygate” continues.

  39. 4greatestvikingever says: May 8, 2013 1:14 PM

    Is this the amputation?

  40. onestowewonder says: May 8, 2013 1:27 PM

    The “genius” had him trying to block a 4th quarter field goal during a romp…nice work.

  41. getyourownname says: May 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    Report comment
    prideof10000lakes says:

    It’d be alot easier to feel sorry for the meat-head millionare and his quality of life sitting in his mansion if he actually took care of himself.

    I dont think the ‘public’ needs to start paying attention to anything any more than a lot of these professional athletes need to start paying attention to their health, rehab, and off the field character.
    ****************
    Part of his infection may be a result of non-sterile hospital environments. I know firsthand of companies that supply well-regarded hospitals that could tell you shocking stories. It’s a major problem. Your chances of infection at a hospital are much worse than most people realize.

    And I’m not defending athletes, I’m commenting how many people, athletes or not, ignore basic health, hygiene and sanitation concepts. Ever even anyone not even wash their hands in a public washroom? They act like ignorance is a badge of honor.

  42. seahawk12man says: May 8, 2013 1:52 PM

    You can’t fix stupid…

  43. scrummymustard says: May 8, 2013 2:01 PM

    tsizzlesucks says:
    May 8, 2013 11:37 AM
    Breakingb, what has Grahm done to prove it? Gonzalez is better than the both of them anyway, anyday!

    Bc Graham actually plays in games and isn’t injured perhaps?

    and lets be serious here, when they both are playing Gronk is the more complete TE, but he needs to stay healthy. Hence why I’d rather Graham over Gronk at this point.

    Gonzalez USED to be better them both, they have both surpassed him.

  44. gpry says: May 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    Me Gronk…me arm hurt

  45. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: May 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    @onestowewonder says: May 8, 2013 1:27 PM

    The “genius” had him trying to block a 4th quarter field goal during a romp…nice work.
    ————————–

    Its not what Gronk or BB did. It was the guy we cut that year (Sergio Brown) who is the d bag. Granted “he was just trying to make play” on an extra pt, in garbage time, of a blow out. Recklessly jumping high through the line. His knee, yes Knee struck gronks upper forearm and broke it. While everyone else on the line (both sides for that matter) looked like they were at the pro bowl. Mr Sergio make a play blowout special team extraordinaire Brown had to make a statement. good job you jag.

    One of the best TE’s to ever play now has a reoccurring arm injury thanks to this scrub trying to prove something on a 4th qt blowout extra point play.

  46. jimache06197714 says: May 8, 2013 3:02 PM

    … as long as he’s healthy come December so he can get a couple of game under the belt before play-offs it’s all good in my book

  47. phillyphannn83 says: May 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    Karma

  48. deathonwings410 says: May 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    This guy has to be one of the most injury-prone big players I’ve seen recently.

  49. wmelch says: May 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    May 8, 2013 2:13 PM

    “Ever even anyone not even wash their hands in a public washroom? They act like ignorance is a badge of honor”- getryourownname.

    First off, my- ahem -privates are the cleanest part of my body, what with scrubbing and buffing several times daily. Secondly, I don’t pee on my hands. Third, if you look at some of the restroom facilities and see the state of them, you are probably better off peeing on your hands. Do you use the hand sanitizer for worry warts when you enter a grocery store?

    Also, proofread your copy before posting.

  50. ranger764 says: May 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    One of the best TE’s to ever play now has a reoccurring arm injury thanks to this scrub trying to prove something on a 4th qt blowout extra point play.
    ——————————————————
    He was probably playing until the whistle trying to insure he kept his job.

  51. CKL says: May 8, 2013 3:57 PM

    onestowewonder says:
    May 8, 2013 1:27 PM
    The “genius” had him trying to block a 4th quarter field goal during a romp…nice work.
    ________________________________
    So what you are saying is that your team’s starters don’t ever play on special teams, especially in the 4th q (score doesn’t matter, you don’t have backup ST guys for each position who get a bunch of snaps)?

    Silly. If Rodney Harrison Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown, Wes Welker and Mike Vrabel could all play on ST, so can Gronk. Richard Seymour used to piss and moan about being used on goalline as a blocker. It’s one reason he isn’t a Patriot anymore. “Do your job”.

  52. ranger764 says: May 8, 2013 3:59 PM

    If anything the ‘public’ needs to quit treating these guys like poor, underpriveliged children and building them up to be some sort of super hero. At the end of the day all they are is entertainers, strictly entertainers.
    ——————————————————
    I don’t think anyone is treating him like that. If anything, people are overly critical like you. Think back to when you were 23 years old and imagine if you had the time and money and access to places that he probably does. You don’t think you would go out and have a good time and live it up a little bit. Maybe he’s made some bad decisions and maybe not, I don’t hang out with the guy. But just because there are a couple of internet pics of the guy partying does not mean he doesn’t take care of himself.

  53. theredbengal says: May 8, 2013 4:01 PM

    Wow. If that arm is still infected, which there is a high probability that it is, then he might lose his arm.

    Bacteria in the body isn’t a big deal, but bacteria on a metal plate in the body is quite a big deal. Antibiotics aren’t going to be able to reach the metal plate bacteria in the body because it’s, well, a metal plate and not part of the body. If the bone attached the the plate is infected, the bone could end up being destroyed.

  54. patriotenvy says: May 8, 2013 4:27 PM

    onestowewonder says:
    May 8, 2013 1:27 PM
    The “genius” had him trying to block a 4th quarter field goal during a romp…nice work.

    —————————–
    For one – it was a extra point, not a field goal, genius.
    For two – it is common practice. Most teams leave their stars in on those plays, even in locked wins, considering wingman on a extra point is a extremely low injury risk role.

    It was a fluke. Was Bill supposed to say – I’ve got a bad feeling, get Gronk out of there! lol.

  55. offroger76 says: May 8, 2013 4:50 PM

    Patriots falling apart. Goodbye to New England era!!

  56. peepeetoucher says: May 8, 2013 5:36 PM

    Gronk needs to keep his arm out of porn stars otherwise that infection will never heal. Get well soon.

  57. TheWizard says: May 8, 2013 9:31 PM

    I Voodoo dolled the Patriots and may have inadvertently stuck a pin in Gronk’s arm

    Seven times returned is the Law.

    Good luck.

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