Source: Gronkowski “probably” needs back surgery

AP

A mere possibility quickly has become a probability.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski “probably” will need back surgery.  He currently is waiting for a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins.

The back surgery, if it occurs, is expected to happen within three-to-four weeks after the upcoming surgery on his forearm, which currently is set for Monday.

The timetable could hinge on whether the infection is indeed gone from Gronkowski’s forearm.  If it is, he’ll need only one more surgery (the fourth) on his arm, and then the back surgery would be able to proceed.

If the infection is still there (doctors currently believe it isn’t), a fifth surgery on the arm may be needed.  Which could delay the back surgery.

Gronkowski was available in the second round of the 2010 draft due to a back problem that caused him to miss all of the 2009 college football season.

78 responses to “Source: Gronkowski “probably” needs back surgery

  1. I hope he does not have any serious issues with the back. Guy is an awesome player and fun to watch.

  2. Some of those porn stars can really damage your back.

    They just get way too creative and you never know what to expect next. They pull off some kinda spontaneous triple Lindy using the headboard, mattress, and chandelier and I swear that you always feel it the next day.

    I hate it when that happens.

    😉

  3. Gronk can’t spell either but he may not play play much this year. What kind of back surgery? How much longer will he be out? Can Miami challenge?

  4. Pretty Soon… Its gonna be like remember the Gronk?? Like we are already saying remember RGIII??? I said it time and time before… You can have all the talent in the world… but if you are hurt all the time… YOU SUCK!!! Talking to you Matthew Stafford!!! Lets not forget about the Jeff Otah story.

  5. niz10rav55 says;

    Do you prof read? If the surgery is still there??? I think you mean infection. #ComonMan

    Wow dude if you are going to criticize someone for not proof reading you need to make damn sure you proof read your stuff! Unbelievable! Plus it’s C’Mon Man!

  6. I absolutely hate the pats! Howe er I am a fan of good football and good players and it is starting to feel as if Gronk isn’t going to be in the league much longer. What a shame because he’s fun to watch. Not to mention good for fantasy football too.

  7. Cant say the dirty Pats aint prepared. They still got Hernandez and Ballard, now getting healthy. I dislike the Pats but they’re always prepared it seems.

  8. I’ve been saying the last two years, the guy is made of porcelain. He’s great when he’s out there, but as a Pats fan I’d rather have 16+ games per year out of an above average tight end, than 8 games per year of Gronk.

  9. Why do you have all of these posts about one player ? Is this a NFL blog or a Boston blog ? What’s happening in chi ago or Green Bay or Seattle ? This guy is a chump

  10. Unfortunately, these type of chronic injuries usually result in the old pink slip…….

  11. Darn, hope that doesn’t affect him with his dancing or boffing his porn girlfriends. OK, i admit it, i am just jealous.

  12. I’ve always thought that he should be allowed to have his fun, but this really shows the other side of the coin. You can have fun and still be a professional, and Gronk isn’t there yet. Since there’s no mention of a recent injury, he must have had this when last season ended. And he’s just now getting around to it?

  13. Gronk may have fame, $ millions, sleeps with porn stars, and an Adonis body, but that’s all he got!

    Other than that, he’s just like us.

  14. Love Gronk,but I don’t know if he last very long in the NFL. At the next press conference I wish somebody would ask Bill if he’s still glad he gave Rob & Aaron fat contracts and low balled Wes.

  15. A big problem for Gronk is the amount of alcohol he consumes. Alcohol leaches calcium from your bones along with impairing absorption of calcium in the stomach and pancreas making your bones more brittle. This can, and probably has, contributed to his type of injuries. He needs to drink less or his football future is going to be compromised by his partying lifestyle.

  16. I find it funny how so many fans of other teams are calling Gronk “done.”

    If you could take him, you would. And on his new contract.

    You might hate the team, you might hate him, but at least respect his game.

  17. This dude will continue with his inadvisable off field behavior to jeopardize his NFL career.

  18. ravenmomma says:May 17, 2013 6:55 PM

    A big problem for Gronk is the amount of alcohol he consumes. Alcohol leaches calcium from your bones along with impairing absorption of calcium in the stomach and pancreas making your bones more brittle. This can, and probably has, contributed to his type of injuries. He needs to drink less or his football future is going to be compromised by his partying lifestyle.
    __________________________________

    Back off wussy – and go get me another beer

  19. Anyone still want to cry “foul” because Belichick signed Ballard off of waivers when the Giants were too cheap to pay his rehab?

    Everyone said Belichick only did it to spite the Giants.

    To Belichick, the ability to cheaply sign away another team’s starting TE to provide some backup insurance to his oft-injured TE squad was just smart football.

    The only thing fans of 30 other teams are upset about is their GMs weren’t smart enough to claim Ballard. (The Giants were just plain stupid to put him on waivers period.)

  20. sbdt says:
    May 17, 2013 6:04 PM
    All for an extra point.
    ______________________
    I love ignorant comments.
    Gronkowski fell into the second round because he had back issues in college.

  21. roymunson1 says:
    May 17, 2013 7:24 PM
    Pollian passed on Gronk, maybe he was right?
    ————————————————————–

    That would be a first

  22. Well, he was smashing those watermelons pretty hard on ESPN! Porn stars, dancing on broken bones, smashing fruit…and then NE gives him an extension and cuts a guy over diabetes??? The end of an era

  23. Gentlemen:

    We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Gronk will be that man. Better than he was before.

    Better. Stronger. Faster.

  24. This is why NFL players need lifetime health benefits. If it was a 3 rd string te, we would not even hear about this.

  25. what gets me is on Draft weekend they showed pics of GRONK slammin beers at a party ..when he was still suppose to be on an antibiotic regement… u cant drink while on antibiotics…they need to make a medical wing at gillette stadium, slap his big ass in there and monitor him 24-7 hes not responsible enough to do this on his own ..OBVIOUSLY!!!

  26. Oh well at least we still have the best TE in the NFL to watch! #Jimmy Graham #Beast TE #Mac Daddy/Daddy Mac

  27. His girlfriend is a porn star +1
    He has a nasty staph infection -1
    Good player on the field +1
    Bad dancer in the club -1

    You do the math…..

  28. It really sounds like his career may be over or more then likely partially over. Grant Hill had a similiar situation with infections and it took him a real long time to get back. I’m a little worried

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