The Patriots will be hoping that the fourth time is a charm.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, tight end Rob Gronkowski will have his fourth arm surgery next week. The specific date has not been selected.
Dr. James Andrews, we’re told, will serve as a consultant for the procedure, which will be performed by Dr. Jesse Jupiter.
The development means that doctors have determined that a lingering infection is finally gone. The surgery will entail removal of the plate currently holding Gronkowski’s arm in place, and the replacement of it with a new one.
Gronkowski originally broke the arm during the 2012 regular season. He returned for a divisional-round game against the Texans, and he broke it again.