New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to sources.
We won’t know the exact timetable for Gronkowski until after the surgery, when we know if doctors did not find anything during the procedure and how Gronk reacts to surgery. The usual time frame for recovery is 12 weeks.
The Patriots open training camp in late July, Gronkowski will not be available then, and the Patriots first game will be against the Bills, September 8th, giving Gronk 11 weeks of recovery. This makes it tight for Gronk to be back for the first game of the season. I’m not sure he will play, if he does, don’t expect him to be allowed to do much. Gronk should probably not play that game or the next, but the Patriots medical staff will know when it is ok for Gronk to be back on the field.
This makes the fifth surgery for Gronk since November after four on his left forearm. Gronkowski also had ankle surgery in February 2012.
Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Miami radio station last month that the back surgery was “preventative-maintenance.”