Report: Rob Gronkowski’s arm a wait-and-see for fourth surgery

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still a few weeks away from knowing if he will need a fourth surgery on his left forearm, ESPN.com reported, citing sources.

Doctors are waiting to see if an infection in Gronk’s arm has cleared.

“Eventually, surgeons will have to go in once again to put in a new plate that’s holding the bone together,” reported the Boston Herald last month. “The required healing time for that surgery is roughly 10 weeks. The scenario everyone wants to avoid is having the infection linger and persist further, and show up when they go back in to change the plate. That scenario puts the start of the season in jeopardy for Gronkowski.”

According to ESPN.com, Gronkowski has been working in the Patriots’ offseason program and someone who has seen him said “he looks great.”

Gronkowski has already had three surgeries on the arm he initially broke in Week 11 of the 2012 regular season against the Indianapolis Colts while blocking for an extra point.

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