Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) exits the field after he game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 28-0. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski to Undergo Fourth Surgery on Broken Arm

There was some belief that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would be forced to undergo a fourth surgery on his broken forearm and that belief was realized today when it was reported that Gronkowski would indeed need to once again go under the knife.

Per Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald:

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.

With the latest surgery highly likely, the status for Gronkowski in the Patriots home opener will be in jeopardy.

If Gronkowski is not able to go, the Patriots should still be in good shape to start the 2013 season, but if another complication occurs he could be in serious jeopardy for a large portion of the season. For now, it shouldn’t be a major concern for the Patriots fans, but we will keep you updated if any further complications arise.

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