Arm surgery, partying, infection, partying, rehab, partying – it’s been an offseason filled with anesthesia and booze for Rob Gronkowski.
With recent reports about the former Pro Bowler’s recovery from a broken forearm ranging from glowingly optimistic to frustratingly somber, pinpointing exactly what the tight end is worth has been an exercise in futility. However, Wednesday’s news, as first reported by the Boston Herald, finally provided clarity prospective buyers were looking for. The lowdown:
According to a source familiar with the case, Gronkowski is going to need a fourth operation to change the plate that’s securing the broken bone in the forearm.
While there has been some suggestion recently that this step might be avoided, the source indicated the fourth operation still has to happen. The plate has to be switched, no matter what, and the surrounding tissue tested. The real question is if Gronkowski, who has been taking part in the team’s offseason program, will need a fifth operation.
If tests show the infection has been completely flushed out, the plate will be replaced, and the recovery process begins. If there are still signs of infection, that won’t happen.
That’s a scenario no one wants to contemplate. Ultimately, Gronkowski would need more surgery and his participation for the start of the season and perhaps beyond would be in jeopardy.
Obviously, the above info is a significant blow to Gronk and the Patriots. With fellow batterymate, Aaron Hernandez, and backup wideout Julian Edelman, also uncertain for Week 1, it’s entirely possible Tom Brady will chuck passes exclusively to ex-Rams Danny Amendola and Michael Hoomanawanui and rookie receiver Aaron Dobson early on; potentially well into the regular season. That’s not necessarily a downgrade for Brady. Because of the system and with plenty of time to build chemistry, the Pats passing offense may not skip a beat. However, it certainly fosters questions and was reason enough for yours truly to drop him from No. 4 to No. 6, behind Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, in my initial QB ranks.Read More »from First Down: Cuts like a knife! Gronk’s forearm not feeling so right