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Reports: Rob Gronkowski should be ready for 2014 season

12.17.13 at 11:41 am ET

With knee surgery expected by the end of the year, Rob Gronkowski should be ready to go when the 2014 season opens next September, according to multiple media outlets.

The Boston Herald Tuesday morning confirmed the story first reported by the NFL Network that the Patriots star tight end should be ready after reconstruction of his right ACL and MCL, injured on Dec. 8 when Cleveland’s T.J. Ward went low and upended him, ending his season.

The Herald reports the surgery is expected to be performed by Dr. James Andrews in two weeks. It was Andrews who consulted with Gronkowski and the Patriots as he worked to clear hurdles in a recovery from forearm and back surgeries.

This will mark at least the eighth surgery of Gronkowski’s career, with seven of them coming within the last two years. He has had four on his forearm, two on his back and one on his ankle.

The latest significant injury came when Ward drilled Gronkowski in the side of the right knee following a 21-yard completion from Tom Brady. Gronkowski landed on season-ending injured reserve the next day.

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