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Source: Gronkowski “probably” needs back surgery


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.

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  1. sterilizecromartie says: May 17, 2013 4:47 PM

    Probably hurt his back doing all that dancing in the clubs.

  2. footballnut2011 says: May 17, 2013 4:49 PM

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

  3. swashbucklin says: May 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    Dude’s gonna be partying in a hovaround by week 9

  4. nublar7 says: May 17, 2013 4:54 PM

    Gronkowski is made of glass.

  5. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: May 17, 2013 4:54 PM

    This guy is gonna have more stitches than frankenstein by time its all said and done. Damn!

  6. sdcameron says: May 17, 2013 4:55 PM

    He may be a goofball but he is a hell of a player and it is a shame he has all these injuries.

  7. jeremywflores says: May 17, 2013 4:57 PM

    They should waive him

  8. jets13 says: May 17, 2013 4:58 PM

    Don’t worry though, he’ll be at the clubs tonight….

  9. @Cereal_22 says: May 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    The Pats will be lucky if this guy plays 4 games next year

  10. vikesfansteve says: May 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    If the surgery is still there, leave it to a lawyer to not proof read….

  11. niz10rav55 says: May 17, 2013 4:59 PM

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

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    I think you meant “If the infection is still there.”

  13. all4patriots says: May 17, 2013 5:02 PM

    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.


  14. coltsfreek says: May 17, 2013 5:04 PM

    So much for saving money by resigning him early…

  15. justintuckrule says: May 17, 2013 5:05 PM

    What’s he, 24? Sit out a year and get healthy.

  16. mungman69 says: May 17, 2013 5:06 PM

    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?

  17. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 17, 2013 5:07 PM

    Patriots beware! You don’t wanna go releasing another player cause of disability!
    The Gronk! Lol, the Gimp!

  18. biggestsaintsfanever says: May 17, 2013 5:08 PM

    Looks like Graham will be the best TE in 2013

  19. feelnsavage says: May 17, 2013 5:09 PM

    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.

  20. slobmykolb says: May 17, 2013 5:09 PM

    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!

  21. thesteelers says: May 17, 2013 5:11 PM

    This is just ridiculous. Is he going for a record?

  22. slobmykolb says: May 17, 2013 5:11 PM

    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.

  23. johnnyb216 says: May 17, 2013 5:12 PM

    Wow. This guy is falling apart quick.

  24. FlyFromTheInside says: May 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    Steroids?. Dude may be done

  25. radrntn says: May 17, 2013 5:15 PM

    ouch…put a fork in him, he’s done

  26. trevor123698 says: May 17, 2013 5:16 PM

    I’d be willing to bet ten thousand dollars that Gronk has a gluten intolerance he does not know about

  27. berg945 says: May 17, 2013 5:23 PM


  28. nje22 says: May 17, 2013 5:27 PM

    Were screwed, hes coming apart like a test dummy

  29. nativeraider says: May 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    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.

  30. accipiterq says: May 17, 2013 5:29 PM

    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.

  31. nativeraider says: May 17, 2013 5:29 PM

    Oh yea that “havaround” comment had me rolling. Lol.

  32. insanelomein2 says: May 17, 2013 5:32 PM

    This guy needs to start drinking some Milk. His body seems to be a little too brittle.

  33. theuglitruth says: May 17, 2013 5:34 PM

    It just keeps getting better….you couldn’t make this Patriots stuff up!

  34. cabby782 says: May 17, 2013 5:51 PM

    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

  35. sbdt says: May 17, 2013 6:04 PM

    All for an extra point.

  36. sweezz says: May 17, 2013 6:14 PM

    So…… I should draft him in the first round for fantasy…. right?

  37. trevor123698 says: May 17, 2013 6:14 PM

    I’d be willing to bet 10 g’s gronk has an undiagnosed gluten intolerance

  38. olhoss1884 says: May 17, 2013 6:15 PM

    Well, if his health issues shorten his [laying career, I hear the Pats could use some help in their AV department.

  39. mrbigass says: May 17, 2013 6:19 PM

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

  40. delmonte55 says: May 17, 2013 6:24 PM

    Sorry to read this…..a lot of talent, but injuries are going to be a problem.

  41. sod61 says: May 17, 2013 6:27 PM

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

  42. musicman495 says: May 17, 2013 6:29 PM

    Is is possible this guy is already done? Wow.

  43. mogogo1 says: May 17, 2013 6:40 PM

    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?

  44. benning89 says: May 17, 2013 6:47 PM

    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.

  45. surfinbird1 says: May 17, 2013 6:48 PM

    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.

  46. 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.

  47. johnnyjagfan says: May 17, 2013 7:13 PM

    why not knock both operations out bang-bang? A forearm can’t really interfere with a back op?

  48. rexryansdirtysock says: May 17, 2013 7:16 PM

    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.

  49. roymunson1 says: May 17, 2013 7:24 PM

    Pollian passed on Gronk, maybe he was right?

  50. j972 says: May 17, 2013 7:24 PM

    enough about this clown. nobody cares!!!

  51. db105 says: May 17, 2013 7:28 PM

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

  52. billsfan1 says: May 17, 2013 7:41 PM

    its not easy carrying all that douchie-ness around..

  53. securb2013 says: May 17, 2013 7:50 PM

    Hernandez and Ballard are also coming off injuries. Looks like no TEs for the two TE offence.

  54. crownofthehelmet says: May 17, 2013 8:01 PM

    Of course he does, he’s been carrying the entire NE offense for years.

  55. silverandblack052099 says: May 17, 2013 8:17 PM

    I got a feeling he may miss the entire 2013 season.

  56. officialgame says: May 17, 2013 8:25 PM

    Just seems like one of those guys destined for a short career. Shame because he can flat out get it done.

  57. gojags says: May 17, 2013 8:29 PM

    If he gets waived, Jags would sign from the Waiver wire if he is waiver eligible.

  58. farvite says: May 17, 2013 8:30 PM

    Sad to know we’ve already seen the best a talented young star like Gronk had to offer.

  59. jagsfan1 says: May 17, 2013 8:48 PM

    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

  60. j0esixpack says: May 17, 2013 8:54 PM

    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.)

  61. marshmont says: May 17, 2013 8:58 PM

    quit or lose an arm…simple enough?

  62. CKL says: May 17, 2013 9:03 PM

    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.

  63. samapoc says: May 17, 2013 9:05 PM

    He is done.

  64. giantssb42champs says: May 17, 2013 9:51 PM

    Wow this guy sure got fragile fast. Feel bad for him.

  65. coachbeck says: May 17, 2013 9:57 PM

    Major questions about his back common out of the draft. Had a short college career prob a short pro career. Pats took a chance.

  66. pinion8ted says: May 17, 2013 9:59 PM

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

    That would be a first

  67. michaeljacksonisback says: May 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    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

  68. 8man says: May 17, 2013 10:17 PM


    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.

  69. axespray says: May 17, 2013 10:29 PM

    “That extra point was worth it thou…. ”
    – Not said by Bill Belichick.

  70. blancodiablo says: May 17, 2013 11:00 PM

    Back surgery = New career as an assistant High School football coach.

  71. dirtydrew says: May 17, 2013 11:25 PM

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

  72. pmattiefl says: May 17, 2013 11:31 PM

    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!!!

  73. saints4life57 says: May 17, 2013 11:53 PM

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

  74. croghan1919 says: May 18, 2013 12:20 AM

    Man, those middle routes are killers.

  75. hrmlss says: May 18, 2013 12:32 AM

    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…..

  76. chlstn says: May 18, 2013 8:09 AM

    Looks like he breaks even. Not bad in my book!

  77. 1historian says: May 18, 2013 8:20 AM

    He’s finished

  78. jasonculhane says: May 18, 2013 11:06 AM

    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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