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Postby stomperrob » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:16 am

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots decide to delay surgery
Friday, April 12, 2013
By: Karen Guregian, Ron Borges


Rob Gronkowski won’t be having surgery to check on the status of his infection — and ultimately install a new plate in his left forearm — just yet.

According to one source familiar with the proceedings, the decision for now is to have the Patriots tight end delay the surgery for several more weeks.

“Gonna hold off for a few weeks to make sure infection gone before going back in,” a source close to the situation said.

Gronkowski, agent Drew Rosenhaus, team officials, both team physicians and outside consultants were all expected to confer on what the next step would be, and the decision was to delay another surgery a little while longer.

Gronkowski has been battling an infection discovered during his second surgery to repair the second break of his left forearm. The All-Pro tight end suffered the initial break during Week 11 of the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts while blocking for an extra point.

The second break occurred as he fell over trying to catch a Tom Brady pass during the AFC divisional round win against the Houston Texans. The infection persisted, so doctors went in a third time at the end of February to try and clear it out. Following the surgery, Gronk was put on a six-week course of antibiotics.

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Re: Rob Gronkowski - infection might jeopardize start of sea

Postby Cowboys 4 life » Thu May 16, 2013 8:15 pm

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Rob Gronkowski's fourth forearm surgery is "imminent."

Rapoport adds that the plan is for Gronkowski to go under the knife on Monday, and that's when doctors will know if the infection has been taken care of. Gronk was always going to need a fourth surgery to replace the plate in his arm; the key is to avoid a fifth. If there are no signs of the infection, the Patriots expect the 24-year-old to be ready for training camp.
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Re: Rob Gronkowski - infection might jeopardize start of sea

Postby stomperrob » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:07 am

Back procedure on for mid-June for Rob Gronkowski
Thursday, May 30, 2013
By: Jeff Howe


FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski is heading back to the operating room.

The Patriots tight end will undergo back surgery in mid-June, according to a source.

The source said the procedure will keep Gronkowski out for at least the start of training camp, but the Herald reported last week that the expectation would be for him to be sidelined until late-September in the event of back surgery, which will remove part of a disc that caused discomfort last season. It’s unclear if the timetable for recovery has changed, or if the earlier return date is simply more optimistic.

Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the surgery on Gronkowski’s back in 2009 when he was at the University of Arizona, will operate again. Gronkowski missed the 2009 season with the Wildcats, which caused him to fall into the second round of the 2010 draft.

The Pats have been bracing for this news. Gronkowski played through a great deal of back pain last season, and all sides knew surgery was a possibility this offseason. Before anything, though, they had to rid his surgically repaired left arm of a troublesome infection.

The major question now is when Gronkowski can return. If he makes it back during training camp, there will be some optimism about his availability for the start of the regular season. Yet, if the late-September timetable holds true, the Pats could opt to place Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list, and he would miss at least the first six games.

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Re: Rob Gronkowski - infection might jeopardize start of sea

Postby Cowboys 4 life » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:01 pm

Its going to be real close as to whether he starts the season 100% healthy. One thing I like about him over Hernandez though is you know he wants to get out there even at 80%. Hernandez will always miss those games and make it tough on you every week to decide who to start.
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Re: Rob Gronkowski - infection might jeopardize start of sea

Postby stomperrob » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:13 pm

Reports: Surgery Tuesday for Rob Gronkowski
Procedure in California for back
Saturday, June 15, 2013
By: Jeff Howe


Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has definitively known for two weeks that he would need back surgery this summer. Now, he can begin preparing himself for his latest trip to the operating room.

Gronkowski will undergo back surgery Tuesday, according to reports. Dr. Robert Watkins will conduct the procedure in California. Watkins operated on Gronkowski’s back in 2009, recently repaired Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s back and is considered one of the best in the field.

The Herald has reported since last month that back surgery would keep Gronkowski out until late September. However, it’s possible the timeline could fluctuate depending on Gronkowski’s rehabilitation program.

The Patriots completed their nine-week offseason workout program this week, and Bill Belichick said every player was present for mandatory minicamp, including Gronkowski. Though the tight end didn’t practice, his implied presence means he was rehabbing his injuries with the team’s medical staff.

The back procedure will be Gronkowski’s sixth surgery since February 2012, including one on his ankle and four on his forearm.

The Patriots would seemingly place Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list before the start of training camp to protect themselves if he isn’t ready for the regular season. That way, he can be removed from the PUP list at any point during training camp. If Gronkowski remains on the PUP list at the start of the regular season, he would be out for a minimum of the first six games. Players cannot be placed on the PUP list if they’re already on the roster once camp has started.

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Re: Rob Gronkowski - infection might jeopardize start of sea

Postby Dawinner127 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:58 pm

Hernandez and Gronk are both on my DNDL (do not draft list).
A win next week and all is forgotten.
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Re: Rob Gronkowski - infection might jeopardize start of sea

Postby stomperrob » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:20 pm

Gronk will open camp on PUP list
Updated: July 23, 2013, 1:30 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com


The New England Patriots on Tuesday placed tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Jake Ballard and receiver Julian Edelman on the active/physically unable to perform list, meaning they are not yet cleared to practice once training camp begins later this week.

They can be removed from the list at any point, but the designations provide some early context as to where they stand in their recoveries from surgery.

Gronkowski's status is no surprise. The bigger question remains if he will be ready for the season opener Sept. 8 at Buffalo after undergoing four surgeries on his left forearm this year and a back surgery June 18.

Ballard had ACL and microfracture surgery in February of 2012 and was a limited participant in spring camps. He is a top candidate to serve as a backup to Gronkowski.

Edelman, whose 2012 season ended in December because of a foot injury, had a clean-up procedure this offseason that knocked him out of spring drills. Given the questions the Patriots have at receiver, and Edelman's background in the system and rapport with Tom Brady, Edelman appears to have a big opportunity ahead of him when he returns to full health.

In addition to Ballard, Edelman and Gronkowski, reserve offensive lineman Nick McDonald was placed on the active/PUP list. McDonald, whose flexibility to line up at center, guard and even tackle makes him a valuable reserve, was held out of spring drills due an undisclosed ailment.

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