Patriots TE Gronkowski undergoes back surgery
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
underwent back surgery on Tuesday, his fourth operation this year.
The latest surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins and was
successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent.
On May 20, the Patriots star had the most recent operation on the left
forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in a
59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He had an operation soon after,
the first of four on his forearm.
He broke it again in the Patriots' first playoff game, a 41-28 win over
the Houston Texans on Jan. 13, and has had three forearm operations
since then. Rosenhaus said the surgery performed last month was
expected to be the last on his forearm.
The Patriots open training camp in late July and start the regular
season on Sept. 8 at Buffalo.
In 43 NFL games, Gronkowski has scored 39 touchdowns, 38 on passes and
one on a run.
Drafted in the second round out of Arizona in 2010, he was chosen for
the Pro Bowl in 2011. In that season, he set NFL records for tight ends
with 17 touchdown catches, 18 total touchdowns and 1,327 yards
In 11 games last season, Gronkowski had 55 catches for 790 yards and 11
touchdowns. He missed five regular-season games with forearm and hip
injuries and the AFC championship game, a 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, after he re-broke his forearm.
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