Rob Gronkowski may need back surgery


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowsi is scheduled to undergo a fourth surgery on his left forearm next week. USA Today’s Mike Garafolo now reports Gronkowski’s back is acting up, which could also require surgery.

Gronkowski underwent an MRI to examine a disc issue he had been dealing with since last season.

Via USA Today: “The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the Patriots’ policy of not publicly detailing injuries, said the issue is with a different disc than the one that needed to be shaved down in via surgery 2009 and that a final decision on whether surgery will be required has not yet been made. The person said Gronkowski will see noted spine specialist Robert Watkins in the near future, after next week’s surgery to install a new plate into his forearm.

“The person said the hope is, if surgery on his back is required, Gronkowski will be back within the same time frame as his recovery from the arm injury, which he initially suffered in November but has been prolonged because of an infection in the limb.”

Gronkowski, 24, missed the entire 2009 season at Arizona because of a spinal issue.  He is expected to undergo his fourth surgery on his arm at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Monday.

Gronkowski missed five games last season after breaking his forearm blocking during an extra-point attempt against the Indianapolis Colts.  He re-injured the arm against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Gronkowski is signed through the 2019 season.

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