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Report: Rob Gronkowski to delay surgery to make sure infection has cleared

04.11.13 at 1:16 pm ET

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will delay surgery on his left forearm for several more weeks in order to make sure that the infection in his arm is cleared out, according to a report from Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

Gronkowski is dealing with an infection that was discovered during the second surgery to repair the second break of his arm, suffered in the Patriots’ playoff victory over the Texans in January. The initial break occurred during a Week 11 win over the Colts.

According to the report, doctors went in at the end of February in an attempt to clear out the infection, and Gornkowski was placed on a six-week course of antibiotics afterward. Surgeons need to insert a new plate to hold the bone together, after which time Gronkowski will need about 10 weeks to heal.

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