Monday, April 8, 2013
Gronk iffy for Week 1?
By Tom Carpenter
As fantasy junkies and New England Patriots fans know all too well, there is really only one thing wrong with Rob Gronkowski's game: an inability to stay healthy. And it appears that issue remains for Gronk and his troublesome broken forearm. No, he didn't re-damage it by break dancing or busting out some pro wrestling moves, but his availability for the start of the 2013 campaign already is in doubt, according to the Boston Herald's Rob Borges and Karen Guregian.
"According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, tight end Rob Gronkowski has been battling a stubborn infection in the area around where a second metal plate was installed to repair his broken left forearm and his readiness for the season is in jeopardy," they wrote.
"... Doctors treating Gronkowski will have to go back into the arm again to remove the plate and install a new one, but if they find more infected tissue, they would be unable to install the plate at that time. That would require another surgical procedure after the tissue around the injury is clear of infection and, sources confirmed, that would not give Gronkowski the required 10 weeks healing time to be ready for the season opener in September."
A decision on this process should be made within a week. If they remove the plate and the infection has cleared up, they will install a new plate, and he should be ready for Week 1. Yet, while he and his doctors are hopeful that the infection is gone, they won't know until the plate is removed. Fantasy junkies in keeper leagues and Pats fans will need to keep their collective fingers crossed.
ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker checked in with his take on the topic of whether Gronk's season is in question:
James WalkerIs his season in trouble?
"It's too early to go that far. However, Gronkowski is having a lot of problems with his surgically-repaired left arm, and the Patriots should have a contingency plan."