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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's Doctor Issues Statement on Surgery

While an associate of one New England Patriots tight end is allegedly involved in a murder investigation that has resulted in the searching of his home and questioning by police, another Patriots tight end’s doctor is speaking out about a recently successful surgery.

The doctor who performed the surgery on the back of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Dr. Robert Watkins, said that the surgery went well and he has released a statement to confirm that.

New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery performed by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles,” the statement read, according to Christopher Price of WEEI.com. “The surgery went well. The timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program.”

It was just the latest in a long line of surgeries for Gronkowski this offseason, so it is good to hear that it all went according to plan.

The bad news is that his status for the team’s season-opener remains in jeopardy.

Typical recovery time from this type of surgery is 12 weeks. That puts a return past the week one date against the Buffalo Bills.

There is no doubt that Gronkowski will be back on the field in 2013 and spiking balls in an endzone near you, but he may just have to wait until further into the season to get his party bus rolling.

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