New concerns about Gronkowski’s recovery

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What was originally viewed as a simple broken forearm (which is easier to say when it isn’t your forearm) has become a long-running issue for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

And now, there’s a chance the complications from his surgeries (plural) could put his chances at opening the season at risk.

According to Ron Borges and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Gronkowski’s still battling a stubbon infection, and may need to have yet another surgery to replace the metal plate designed to stabilize the bone.

According to the report, Gronkowski’s near the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotics, but doctors aren’t sure the infection is gone. Doctors plan to go back to take the metal plate out and install a new one to make sure the area is clean. If it isn’t (which they won’t know until they’re in there), they’ll have to make sure the tissue around the plate is clear of infection before putting a new plate in. That could push into the 10 weeks of healing time Gronkowski is said to need before the opener in September.

If the infection has cleared, he should have enough time to get healed for the start of the season, but that’s something they can’t guarantee.

He’s been on antibiotics since his third surgery in February, and doctors are expected to meet with him soon to determine a course of action.

While I’m not a doctor, and infections before breakfast are something I normally try to avoid on a Sunday, the report does sound a note of concern.

As it pertains to the football field, the Patriots obviously need him. But the multiple procedures and long treatment time raises questions about Gronkowski’s health beyond his ability to play football or dance shirtless.

30 responses to “New concerns about Gronkowski’s recovery

  1. Looking forward to the rivalry between The Bills and Pats this year. I kno, The Pats own us but The Bills do play them tough some games… anyways, a bone infection after surgey is no joke… love them or hate them… here’s to wishing the best for Gronk our Buffalo native.

  2. Thank you Tom Coughlin for waiving Ballard!

    And thank you Belichick, for being willing to pay Ballard’s full salary why he rehabbed (unlike Coughlin).

  3. all the “rg3 will have a short career” commenters arent saying much about gronk. gronk is frail to be so huge. and he definitely isnt recovering like a superhuman. not saying i hope he has a short career. i never would wish that on anyone but be fair because rg3 is probably closer to 100 than gronk is right now. probably because he is at a facility training is butt off 8 hours a day.

  4. This underlying infection that appears to be “cleaned out” once again shows the deteriorating condition of the American hospital experience.

    With all the drug-resistant bugs that have evolved thanks to the medical profession’s overuse of antibiotics, it’s going to become increasingly difficult for athletes (and normal people, too, of course) to quickly heal after surgeries, I’m afraid.

    Didn’t Tom Brady have to get his knee “cleaned out” a couple of years ago after infection set in? I believe this sort of thing has happened to several elite athletes…

  5. Gronk is beginning to make a case for himself as the poster boy for the injury prone. He missed a Super Bowl and virtually all of an AFC Championship game in two successive years. Now, it appears that he will not be ready for the season opener. Those are tough “credentials” to beat.

  6. Feel bad for my Patriots who invested too much $$$$$ and relied on him to lowball Welker. At this pace, I guarantee he won’t see the bigger chunk of his contract after couple of years.

  7. Even though I would love to see Brady play without receivers, like Flacco has done for most of his career, I hope Gronk gets better soon. He and Welker play like Ravens.

  8. Just chop the arm off and use a robotic one. That’s what we do.

  9. As an OR nurse, I can say that infections usually result from one of two things. Poor technique on the part of the surgeon or staff during the procedure or non- compliance on the part of the patient regarding post-op protocol. Since Gronk and the Patriots no doubt have access to the best the medical field has to offer and judging from Gronks general personality and cavalier lifestyle, my guess is he probably was less than stellar following the antibiotic regimen and wound care.

    I may be jumping to conclusions, but I kinda think I’m not wrong.

  10. At least the game where he broke his arm they won in a tight, hard fought battle. Oh wait I am sorry NE was running up the score that game and kept piling it on. Karma is a bitch ain’t it. Prediction: this is Big Bill’s last year in the NFL because he knows there end is near. He won’t hang around to see other teams run up the score on them. He is too smart for that.

  11. Seems like going to the hospital for treatment nowadays is like it was back in the 1860s. Someone is not following proper antiseptic and sterilization protocols. There is no legitimate reason for these types of infections to be cropping up with such regularity.
    Either the OR staff isn’t doing the proper prep or the surgical staff is awful sloppy and just cranking the patients through to boost their paychecks. I hope I don’t ever have to go in for any reason. I might not survive.

  12. Former Buffalo Bill safety Leonard Smith had his career end by a staph NFL tion he got inthe locker room after getting a brushburnon the old style carpet in Rich stadium. You would think 20 years of medical science moving forward would change things, but those little bugs are tougher thn NFL players.

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