Some positive news on the injury front. NFL Network's, and former Boston Globe leading man, Albert Breer is reporting that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL/MCL but not a dislocated knee. The expected time frame for Gronk is to have surgery in two weeks once the swelling has gone down. Breer also states that the expectation is that Gronk will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.
Had the knee been dislocated, Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team doctor, says that surgery could have been postponed even further and that the surgery could have possibly needed two stages to complete. Instead, the recovery timeline is moved forward and the number of immediate surgeries is reduced.
Of course, nothing is certain with Rob Gronkowski and his injuries. This past off-season, he underwent multiple surgeries for what should have been a simple healing process. Hopefully this go-round is much more simple for the elite tight end.
Breer also reports that renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews will be performing the surgery on Gronk's knee. The list of players that Andrews has fixed up includes Emmitt Smith, Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, and Adrian Peterson, as well as stars of other sports like Michael Jordan and Rajon Rondo.