When we last checked in on the health status of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, we noted that things were looking good regarding his surgically repaired broken arm, but that he was probably going to need back surgery. Now it looks like we can take “probably” out of that sentence.
Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Gronkowski will need back surgery, which is expected to take place in mid-June. He’ll likely miss at least the start of training camp.
The Patriots have been expecting Gronkowski to have the back surgery, so this will not come as a surprise. And New England is very deep at tight end, with Aaron Hernandez, Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells all playing the position as well. So it’s far from time to panic.
Still, it’s reasonable to be concerned that the injury-prone label Gronkowski had heading into the 2010 NFL draft is coming to fruition. An offseason of arm surgery and back surgery is not the kind of offseason the Patriots would like from Tom Brady’s top weapon.
UPDATE 4:08 p.m. ET: PFT has confirmed that the surgery will happen, in mid-to-late June. His availability for the start of training camp is regarded as “doubtful.”