On December 8, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL on a low hit against the Browns. One month and one day later, he’ll undergo surgery to repair it.
Per multiple reports, Gronkowski will undergo surgery on Thursday in Florida, with Dr. James Andrews (who else?) presiding.
Coincidentally, Thursday also marks the one-year anniversary of Robert Griffin III’s reconstructive knee surgery. With Dr. James Andrews (who else?) presiding.
The delay arises from a desire to allow Gronkowski’s torn MCL to heal before replacing the ACL. It also means that Gronkowski’s availability for Week One of the 2014 regular season becomes an even bigger question mark.
Regardless of how long it takes, here’s hoping that Gronkowski doesn’t borrow any of RGIII’s phrases from 2013, like “All In For Week One” and the oxymoronic (and otherwise moronic) “Operation: Patience.”