A picture of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski posing with two young fans while riding a motorized scooter around a supermarket made the social media rounds on Monday and reports about when he might start the process of getting off that scooter appeared a short time later.
Albert Breer of NFL Network and Ben Volin and Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe all report that Gronkowski is scheduled to have surgery to repair the torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in about two weeks. That will be about a month after Browns safety T.J. Ward’s tackle ended his season, a delay caused by the need to wait for swelling to go down.
Breer also reports that Gronkowski is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season, although last year’s experience with surgeries and subsequent infections is a reminder that there’s a long way to go before that becomes a reality.
And the Patriots have plenty of work to do before that point, with finding a red zone target to take Gronkowski’s place one of the top things on the to-do list.