Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Timing of Gronk's fourth surgery
By Tom Carpenter
Despite some recent reports that suggested that Rob Gronkowski might avoid a fourth surgery on his previously broken forearm, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported Wednesday that Gronk must have the plate in his arm replaced to be sure the infection is gone.
"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," she wrote. "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 no infection is found when they replace the plate, Gronkowski should be ready for Week 1. However, if the infection persists, a fifth surgery likely would be in order and his status for the beginning of the 2013 campaign would be in serious jeopardy. As for when the fourth surgery will occur, it likely won't be long.
"But right now, doctors are giving it a little more time in hopes that when they do decide to go in to replace the plate, which should be relatively soon given the 11-week recovery period, the infection will finally be gone," wrote Guregian.