Reports: More surgery ‘very likely’ for Gronkowski
|04.07.13 at 6:11 pm ET|
Multiple reports now indicate that Rob Gronkowski‘s offseason will continue to be affected by the left forearm injury he suffered this past season, as he could face a fourth surgery on the twice-broken limb within the coming weeks because of an issue with infection.
The tight end, who suffered the initial break in a November win over the Colts, underwent surgery and had a plate installed over the bone. He then sat for five games before getting a brief run in the regular-season finale — however, he broke the same arm in a different spot in a playoff win over the Texans.
To this point, Gronkowski has undergone three surgeries on the arm. A report earlier on Sunday from the Herald indicated he could face another surgery if a reported infection fails to properly heal. Now, ESPN is reporting that more surgery is “very likely” for Gronkowski, with another procedure needed to remove the plate inserted in the arm in order to ensure any infection has been eradicated.
On March 27, Gronkowski expressed optimism about the state of his rehab.
‘I’m doing a lot better, definitely. [I’m] feeling a lot better. My arm is feeling way better than it was during the playoffs and regular season when I broke it,’ Gronkowski told ESPN Radio said when asked about his left arm. ‘Right now, just rehabbing, getting the muscle stronger around it. You want to get everything activated, re-activated, because it shuts down for a little bit when it’s healing.
‘Just rehabbing, and when my trainers give me the ‘good to go,’ hopefully in the next couple weeks, hopefully as soon as possible, I can get rolling again and get back in the weight room and get back on the field and do what I love doing ‘ running around and catching some balls.’
The biggest question now is whether or not another surgery will affect his rehab, which could alter whether or not he’s able to participate in training camp — the Herald indicated that it’s a 10-week recovery process after another surgery, which would impact his rehab schedule and his availability for the regular season. Will Carroll, a noted sports injury specialist, said the timeline for his recovery sounds “a bit strange,” but believes that it’s a “ultraconservative” estimate.
“Ultraconservative would be saying eight to 10 weeks for the same thing,” he said in an email to WEEI.com. “The trick here is: Who cares about 10 weeks? That’s what, June? You care about July and August, so the Patriots can afford to let the calendar work for them.
“The question is whether the infection compromised bone healing,” he added. “That would be the worst case. Infection is nasty, and if hardware was colonized, its bad. But the bone should still be healing.”