The injury bug continues to bite Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left forearm for the fourth time. This according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who says Gronkowski's surgery is 'imminent', and will likely to place on Monday at Mass General Hospital.
This was something that I think we all knew was going to happen. Gronkowski consulted the ever famous sports doctor, Dr. James Andrews, about possibly undergoing another surgery on the forearm. Surgery was reported as "very likely" by Rapoport last week, which sort of instilled the thought that Gronkowski isn't fully healed, into our heads.
This procedure would replace the plate that is currently in his forearm, and is likely to be a 10-week recovery period for Gronkowski. If you look to your calendar, this would Gronk ready for the start of training camp, assuming that his recovery goes well. The team has even said that they expect him to be ready for the start of camp.
It's very likely that the team will not rush their All-Pro tight end back onto the field, so it could be a few more weeks before he sees the field. All and all, it looks like Gronk has timed his surgery extremely well.
While I'm happy that Gronkowski isn't expected to miss any time, you can't help but be a little more worried about his health going forward. The fact that he's had four surgeries on the same set of bones, it's a bit concerning to me. As a fan, I just hope that we don't have any more moments like we did in the 2011 AFC Championship when he shattered his ankle, or when he broke his arm last season against the Colts. He wasn't the same, dominating player that he was after both injuries.
The team also has a big investment in him, signing him to a six-year contract extension worth $53 million ($16.5 million guaranteed). While I think he deserved an extension and a pay raise, I just want him to spend more time on the field, making tremendous catches and flamboyant celebratory spikes, rather than off the field and under the knife. But time will only tell if that is the case.
Here's to this forearm surgery being the last surgery Gronkowski will need for a long time, and to a full healthy 2013 full of those catches and spikes.