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Drew Rosenhaus: Gronk back surgery ‘maintenance’

05.30.13 at 1:24 pm ET

Rob Gronkowski‘s agent Drew Rosenhaus said Thursday that the upcoming back surgery for the Patriots’ tight end is nothing more than ‘€œpreventative maintenance’€ and added that its’ fundamentally “killing two birds with one stone.”

In an interview with Florida’s WQAM Radio, Rosenhaus said the time frame for Gronkowski’s recovery will be “very comparable to the amount of time he would miss” after the fourth surgery on his forearm.

“In Rob’s case, it’s not a serious back surgery, it’s unrelated to the original surgery that he had as a junior in college,” said Rosenahus, referencing the back issue Gronkowski had while at Arizona. “That’s totally [fine] and recovered perfectly. This is a new injury and it’s minor. It’s not as significant.

“As I said, the recovery time will be consistent with the recovery time that he’s going to be out anyway, so I don’t think it’s a big deal. … Although he needs it, he had it for a while and he’s been able to function.”

The surgery will be the sixth he has undergone in the last 16 months. That includes one for an ankle in the days after Super Bowl XLVI, as well as the four surgeries he underwent on his left forearm this offseason.

Rosenhaus said the most recent forearm surgery “went very well,” and seemed to hint that because things went so well, it has opened the door for a chance to get the back issue cleared up.

“This is a lingering problem that Rob’s been playing with — actually through all of last season — and now that he’s out with the arm for a set period of time, it’s something that he eventually would have to do,” Rosenhaus said. “The recovery will be very comparable to the amount of time he would have missed with the arm surgery, so why not get it done now and make sure when he is healthy he’s 100 percent and he doesn’t have to address the back down the road?

“I used the cliche ‘We’re killing two birds with one stone’ by getting the back surgery when he’s out and recovering with his arm, because he really can’t do much right now anyway.”

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