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Arm surgery complete, next up for Gronkowski is evaluation of back

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Now that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has undergone a fourth arm surgery, which initially is being regarded as a success, attention soon will turn to his lingering back issue.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski is expected to travel to California in three or four weeks for an evaluation by Dr. Robert Watkins.  (The trip presumably will not include a layover in Las Vegas.)  Watkins will make a recommendation as to whether Gronkowski requires back surgery.

We reported last week that back surgery currently is considered to be probable for Gronkowski.

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25 Responses to “Arm surgery complete, next up for Gronkowski is evaluation of back”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    Only after all the other body parts have been repaired with the physicians begin searching for signs of brain activity.

  2. mugsymagpie says: May 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    Back surgeries are so sophisticated in this day and age professional athletes can have the piece of Telfon placed between the vertebrae and be running within 3 to 4 days after the surgery

  3. 619sdfan4life says: May 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    Next up a meeting with AARP AND MEDICADE. AND Prob another. Binge in Vegas. Guy will be lucky to play 5 years in this league the way he is going

  4. vbe2 says: May 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    When will the evaluation of his brain be?

  5. hedleykow says: May 20, 2013 6:45 PM

    Look at that picture. I’m not sure if that is Gronk’s mug or the “Welcome to Vegas” sign.

  6. packerbackernj says: May 20, 2013 6:45 PM

    Stick a fork in him.

  7. mccourty1sland says: May 20, 2013 6:55 PM

    Actually Florio I heard that he is stopping in Vegas. How cool is that bro!?!!?!!!!!!!????

  8. jimnaizeeum says: May 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    And the guy just turned 24…he’ll be like an old man at 30.

  9. mackcarrington says: May 20, 2013 7:06 PM

    Party Bus cruising down the I-15 to Vegas !!!!!

  10. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: May 20, 2013 7:09 PM

    Rob Gronkowski is 3 body parts and a leather jacket away from being the Terminator at this point.

  11. rayfla says: May 20, 2013 7:13 PM

    Sorry for all the pats haters wishing ill for Gronk ( this means you Florio). This procedure was long expected and now that the infection has cleared the healing process will begin. With Gronk, Hernandez and Ballard I wouldn’t want to be a DC against them this year. The offense will be more diverse than they ever have been.

  12. contraisloosebuthole says: May 20, 2013 7:18 PM

    He is DONE.

  13. purplengold says: May 20, 2013 7:27 PM

    Florio, you looked good on TV discussing the subject.

  14. thesteelers says: May 20, 2013 7:27 PM

    Fragile.

  15. mec693 says: May 20, 2013 8:07 PM

    Huge Jets fan but I love gronk.. that guy balls out, people have to stop hating on the guy he’s insanely good

  16. andrewproughcfe says: May 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    It’s the Patriots, so you can be sure they’ll demand a blood sugar test also – to check for diabetes. Hopefully he doesn’t eat too many donuts the morning of the test, or he could end up getting cut.

  17. goninjagoninjagogo says: May 20, 2013 9:24 PM

    Good the infection was clear, that stuff gets dangerous. So many surgeries though, maybe he’ll play it off and take the Operation endorsement deal.

  18. rc33 says: May 20, 2013 10:11 PM

    I think in 3-4 weeks we’ll find out if he needs disc surgery now or whether it can wait. If he gets it done the 10th week of rehab will put him in late Training Camp. Either way, Patriots fans will be looking at weeks of pins and needles every time this guy gets hit or falls down.
    But his radius and ulna have been healing since the 2nd procedure in January; the irrigation and today’s plate replacement didn’t require resetting. It should be plenty healed by August.

  19. jrs1972 says: May 20, 2013 10:20 PM

    andrewproughcfe that was both profound and hilarious. Got any other quality material such as fart jokes?

  20. jsho55 says: May 20, 2013 10:29 PM

    You could always slip something like this into your stories…..

    “The New England Patriots, led by tight end Rob Gronkowski, visited Newtown, Conn., on Saturday in an effort to help the community heal five months after the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The players held a clinic event with kids in the area.”

    instead of taking any opportunity to throw a Vegas comment into every story.

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 21, 2013 2:33 AM

    Is it possible that Gronk is rushing this thing a little in order to play this season? It kind of feels that way to me and it may be a mistake.

  22. crush22 says: May 21, 2013 6:32 AM

    Nothing good ever comes from dancing shirtless with men.

  23. luckyarmpit says: May 21, 2013 11:35 AM

    Not a Gronk hater, and I agree that what he does off the field away from the team is his business. However, he’s a highly-paid, highly-visible athlete on a highly-visible team and he should make smarter choices. He’s got a lot of maturing to do.

  24. rtroy23 says: May 21, 2013 6:36 PM

    Nothing has changed from his draft profile. He’s a 1 contract player who won’t ever receive the money in his final year and will be waived.

  25. bighurt228 says: May 22, 2013 5:52 AM

    Haha gotta love all the Gronk haters!! If he was cut by the Pats all your teams would lineup to sign him. Don’t hate……appreciate. The dude is a beast and can ball. Good luck Gronk !! Look forward to seeing some spikes this year!!

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