Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) scores a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Unsure of When Rob Gronkowski Will Return

Speaking on ESPN’s Sportscenter this morning, NFL insider (I guess, lol) Ed Werder said that the New England Patriots “don’t know” when tight end Rob Gronkowski will return, suggesting that he may not be ready for the season opener.

Gronkowski of course has spent the vast majority of his offseason in hospitals and on operating tables, which will continue tomorrow as he undergoes a back operation – a surgery that requires at least 10 to 12 weeks of recovery time.

Per Werder:

“The fact is the Patriots really don’t know when he’s gonna come back,”

With seven tight ends currently on their roster, it appears that the Patriots want to have plenty of insurance for the oft-injured Gronkowski. He is expected to open training camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and could likely remain there when the Patriots season debuts.

From an arm operation to an infection in the said arm that required a second operation to a back injury that was deemed relatively “minor”, eventually turning into a full blown operation, it’s been a rough few months for the talented Gronk.

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