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

Report: Rob Gronkowski May Need Back Surgery

It seems like ages ago we were in the Year of the Gronk, but after a rash of injuries and boldly horrible decisions, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may need a fifth surgery — only this one won’t be on his arm. According to NFL guru Mike Garafolo, sources informed USA Today that while the tight end’s arm appears to be finally healing, back surgery may be needed before the Gronk can hit the field again.

The New England Patriots’ tight end recently underwent an MRI on his back to check on a disc issue he had dating back to last season, a person informed of Gronkowski’s medical status told USA TODAY Sports.

Should Gronkowski need back surgery, it would mean yet another setback in his already epic comeback from a broken arm he suffered last season. Since that broken arm, Gronkowski has rushed back too quickly, needed four surgeries and has cast serious doubt on his future as an elite tight end. His talent may be unquestionable but clearly his health and reliability isn’t and it could cause problems if he misses time.

Obviously the relationship seems to be good between the Patriots and Gronkowski, but that doesn’t really matter when it comes down to production on the field. The two sides could be cozy with one another and harbor no ill-will towards one another but at the end of the day all that matters is if Gronkowski is catching passes and so far it’s looking like it may be a while before that happens again.

There is hope that Gronkowski’s back surgery and the recovery from that will fall into the already set timetable for his arm recovery, meaning no additional time will be lost. Time will tell how serious this back issue is, but so far it’s looking like Gronkowski has an uphill battle to be ready for the start of the season.

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