Mar 8, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski watches a game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski Suffers Setback; Could Miss Start of 2013 Season

This is not the kind of news New England Patriots fans want to hear to start their Sunday, but the status of star tight end Rob Gronkowski for the start of the 2013 NFL season is in jeopardy after another setback with his broken arm. A report surfaced from the Boston Herald that says an infection around the metal plate inserted in Gronkowski’s arm puts him in doubt to start the year suited up.

From the report:

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.

Gronkowski is nearing the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotic treatments administered under the auspices of Massachusetts General Hospital, but it is not yet assured the infection has been completely eradicated.

Doctors will need to go in and remove the current plate to replace it with a new one. However, if doctors see that tissue around the plate is infected, the procedure would be delayed.

Gronkowski was making the rounds on ESPN last week and gave no indications of the infection.

“The arm is feeling way better than it was during the playoffs, and in the regular season when I broke it,” Gronkowski said. “Right now, I’m rehabbing, getting the muscle stronger around it. You want to get everything activated, re-activated, because it shuts down for a little bit when it’s healing . . . when my trainers give me the good-to-go, hopefully in the next couple weeks, as soon as possible, I can get rolling again . . . doing what I love doing, catching some balls.”

Hopefully the doctors can go in and switch the plate without any further complications or delays.

Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in the game and it would be a shame to see his start to the season delayed. I’m sure Patriots fans would agree.

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