Rob Gronkowski will undergo a fourth surgery on his broken left forearm, according to latest reports.
This operation will apparently occur after doctor’s determine if antibiotics that Gronk took over a six-week period have been able to taken care of a stubborn infection in Gronk’s injured arm.
Despite claims by Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhause last month that there were no plans for another surgery, one more medical procedure — or perhaps two – is apparently inevitable. “According to a source familiar with the case, Gronkowski is going to need a fourth operation to change the plate that’s securing the broken bone in the forearm. While there has been some suggestion recently that this step might be avoided, the source indicated the fourth operation still has to happen. The plate has to be switched, no matter what, and the surrounding tissue tested.”
The New England Patriots’ star tight end, 23, has been taking a lot of heat for seemingly spending most of his off-season time partying rather than recuperating and gearing up for next season’s NFL campaign. Many of his escapades have been captured on YouTube video.
Gronk has been out of action for the most part since last November 18 in a Patriot win over the Indianapolis Colts. “Gronkowski initially injured his left forearm in a win over the Colts in November. He missed five games but returned for the regular season finale. In New England’s playoff game with Houston, he re-injured the forearm and was ruled out for the rest of the postseason.”
In the 2012 season, Gronk caught 55 passes for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Patriots.
He also suffered an ankle injury in the 2011 post-season that required surgery. The injury may have cost the Patriots a win in the Super Bowl. In 2011, Gronk set the single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end, with 17 receiving touchdowns, and 18 overall.
Rob Gronkowski was a second round Patriots pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Arizona.