Rob Gronkowski Fantasy News
Rob Gronkowski could be back by end of preseason
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:40pm
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Tuesday to correct a spinal issue and will soon begin rehab in the hope of returning to action in late August, a person informed of the prognosis told USA TODAY Sports.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Patriots don't divulge injury information publicly, said the optimistic view is that Gronkowski will be back to work just before the end of the preseason.
This is definitely one of the more optimistic reports you will find on Gronk. As the story points out, the problem is Gronkowski has been inactive since the Patriots were eliminated from the postseason in late January, first because of a nagging arm infection related to his broken foream and now because of his back surgery to correct a problem that's been nagging him since last season. If Gronkowski is indeed back for Week 1, owners can't expect him to be in top form, but there's at least reason to be optimistic he'll get there quick. He's likely going to slip a bit in drafts.
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Rob Gronkowski to have surgery on Tuesday
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:44pm
Recovery time has been predicted to be 10-12 weeks. Ten weeks would make him available for Week 1, but they play the Bills, so the team may not feel the need to rush him back for a winnable game. If he's available early in the season, he's going to be a great value in the 3rd or 4th round. There is also speculation that he could end up on PUP and miss the first six weeks of the season. Complicating matters, he plays for the most tight-lipped organization in the league, so his availability could remain a mystery right up until kickoff of Week 1.
Rob Gronkowski "likely" to miss games, per the Boston Herald
Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:02pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still is wearing a protective sleeve on his left arm, a remnant from a fourth surgery that was needed to replace a plate to heal a broken bone. He is also getting ready for a back procedure that will likely force him to miss regular-season games.
Gronkowski holds 2nd round value when healthy, but it doesn't appear that he's going to be healthy to start the season. At this point we wouldn't use anything more than a 4th round pick on the big TE, and even that is stretching it. He has huge upside, but he's too much of a risk in the early rounds given what we know now. It's a calculated risk, but expect a series of game-time decisions if he doesn't start the season on the PUP list. One setback and he could miss a half (or the whole) season.
Friday, June 7, 2013, 11:45am
ESPN Boston' Mike Reiss on Patriots WR Aaron Dobson: "I was thinking of an outside receiver who isn't necessarily a top-end speed burner but who has good size, runs well enough, and competes with success for 50-50 type balls. Cowboys wideout Miles Austin (6-2, 217) is one target who came to mind when thinking of a good potential comparable to Dobson (6-3, 210)."
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 11:32am
Saints TE Jimmy Graham was the most impressive player on the field during Tuesday's minicamp practice, leaping up for an outstanding one-handed touchdown grab at one point. He also caught a strike through traffic up the middle during team drills, among other plays.
Graham is obviously coming along well after having wrist surgery at the end of last season.
Given Rob Gronkowski's injuries, Graham is clearly the safest TE heading into the 2013 season. He holds 2nd round value in most formats.
Gronk's agent calls back surgery "minor"
Friday, May 31, 2013, 11:43am
His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, downplayed the gravity of the situation on WQAM radio in Miami earlier today.
“This is a lingering problem that Rob’s had for a while that’s he’s been playing with, actually through all of last season,” Rosenhaus told Joe Rose of WQAM. “The recovery will be very comparable to the amount of time he’ll miss with the arm surgery. So why not get it down and make sure when he is healthy he’s 100 percent and doesn’t have to address the back down the road?”
“This is a new injury and it’s minor, it’s not as significant [as the prior back injury],” Rosenhaus said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal, I think it’s more preventive maintenance than anything else. It’s something that, although he needs it, he’s had it for a while and he’s been able to function.”
If Rosenhaus is to be believed (and that's a 50/50 proposition, at best), then Gronkowski should be okay to play in 2013. We're waiting for a concrete recovery time after his surgery, which is reportedly scheduled for mid- to late-June.
Rob Gronkowski's back injury not related to college injury
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 10:10am
Patriots Rob Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to check on a disk issue from last season, according to ESPN and media reports. The disk injury is not related to the same one that required a procedure in 2009, according to a source.
We'll need to listen carefully to the prognosis for recovery after his surgery, which apparently won't be for another three or four weeks. Back injuries are tricky, but there's a chance that Gronk will be back for Week 1, miss part of the season, or miss the entire 2013 campaign. If he is slated for a midseason return, his incredible productivity warrants a early mid-round pick (3rd-5th round) since owners can stream TEs in his absence. The key is to have a healthy Gronk ready for the stretch run and fantasy playoffs. Stay tuned.
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:56am
Jake Ballard isn’t quite the player Rob Gronkowski is, but he had a solid season for New York in 2011, with 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He started in Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots, but suffered the left knee injury in the second half of the game.
New England’s OTAs are Ballard’s first on-field reps in 16 months.
Even without pads and with some limitations, he’s happy to be back.
“They’re not having me go full-go the whole practice. It’s not like they’re turning me to the wolves,” Ballard said. “I talked with the trainer and the coaches and they all tell me what I’m limited to do and what they think I’m going to be able to do. We just gradually improve from there every week and day to day.”
Ballard will be a sleeper if Gronkowski misses any regular season games. He was solid for the Giants in 2011, finishing 14th in fantasy points per game among tight ends.
Rob Gronkowski's back surgery scheduled for mid-June
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 4:42pm
Rob Gronkowski is set to return to the operating table, but it doesn't involve his troublesome forearm.
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that the New England Patriots tight end will need back surgery, according to a source briefed on his status. Surgery tentatively is set for mid-June and will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, according to Breer.
It's expected that Gronkowski will miss at least part of Patriots training camp.
The possibility of back surgery previously was known, though the team had held out hope it could be avoided. Gronkowski has had back issues going back to his days at Arizona. He underwent a previous back surgery in Sept. 2009, which also was performed by Dr. Watkins.
It was reported that Gronk's recovery from this type of back surgery should take 10 weeks. We're not sure why they're waiting until mid-June to perform the surgery, but it might have something to do with his other ailment (forearm). Assuming he has surgery the week of June 10, ten weeks of recovery would sideline him until August 19 or so. If all goes well, Gronk should be back for Week 1, but this is obviously a fluid situation. Draft with caution.
Rob Gronkowski's infection has cleared up
Monday, May 20, 2013, 7:12pm
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the star tight end had new plates put into his troublesome left forearm, and doctors have determined the infection in the arm is gone, according to a source. No further surgery is planned at this time.
The team now can turn its primary focus to Gronkowski's other issue -- chronic back pain. Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and will see spine specialist Robert Watkins in three to four weeks in California for a consultation, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported.
The Patriots hope Gronkowski's back issue can be treated without surgery and the rehab process can be concurrent with the forearm. Gronk isn't in the clear by any stretch, but Monday was a positive development in the Patriots' hope that they have their star on the field by Week 1.
This is obviously great news for Gronk and his owners. The plan now is to see a spine specialist. If he has to have back surgery, it is estimated to take 10 weeks to recover which would put his return somewhere around mid-August. He could still be a great value in 2013, but he does come with considerable risk. We'd be more comfortable with Jimmy Graham in the 2nd/3rd rounds.
Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:05am
The date was somewhat up in the air, but come tomorrow Gronk will have some definitive answers about whether he’s finally free and clear from an infection that’s dogged him for months.
Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:55am
Considering what a transcendent talent Patriots QB Tom Brady is, the career he's had, and that he turns 36 in 11 weeks, this statement he made to me over the weekend is significant: "Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football. I've never felt better throwing the football."
"Over the years, I was a little inefficient and I learned how to get away with it. I've been working with Tom House on what's called ground-force production ... Kinetic sequencing, getting the power from the ground, which translates from the ground to your legs, to your hips, to the shoulder, and all the energy is going toward the target. I've always had confidence throwing the football, but you have to stay on top of it. That's going to be a never-ending quest for me."
Rob Gronkowski to have fourth surgery soon
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:47pm
Rob Gronkowski is heading back to the operating table.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on "NFL Total Access" that the New England Patriots tight end's fourth arm surgery is imminent, according to two sources informed of Gronkowski's prognosis. Doctors will examine Gronkowski's forearm Monday to see if the infection in it has persisted.
Gronkowski had X-rays taken Wednesday as a precursor to surgery, and NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that Dr. Jesse Jupiter, one of America's top fracture surgeons, is set to perform the operation next week at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews was consulted in the case.
The Patriots expect Gronkowski to be ready for training camp, but they won't have a true idea on his timetable until the plate in his arm is replaced.
If the infection has cleared -- Gronkowski has been on antibiotics -- no more surgeries likely will be needed. If not, Rapoport reports there almost certainly will be a fifth surgery that would make it unlikely he'd be ready for training camp in July.
No worries yet; we're just awaiting word about whether the infection in the arm is gone. If it is, Gronk should be fine for Week 1. If it's not, his status for opening weekend will be in doubt.
Rob Gronkowski to have 4th surgery, 5th possible
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:13am
While there has been some suggestion recently that this step might be avoided, the source indicated the fourth operation still has to happen. The plate has to be switched, no matter what, and the surrounding tissue tested. The real question is if Gronkowski, who has been taking part in the team’s offseason program, will need a fifth operation.
If tests show the infection has been completely flushed out, the plate will be replaced, and the recovery process begins. If there are still signs of infection, that won’t happen.
That’s a scenario no one wants to contemplate. Ultimately, Gronkowski would need more surgery and his participation for the start of the season and perhaps beyond would be in jeopardy.
So we are in wait and see mode. Hopefully Gronkowski's arm will be infection-free and he'll be ready for Week 1.
Rob Gronkowski "looking great"
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 7:03pm
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still a couple of weeks away from having a definitive answer as to whether he will need a fourth surgery on his left forearm, according to sources. The last month has been more of a “wait-and-see” period, with Gronkowski essentially buying more time for doctors to determine if the infection has cleared. Gronkowski has been working in the Patriots’ offseason program, and for what it’s worth, one opinion from someone who has seen him is that he “looks great.” A month ago, surgery was seen as “very likely” but there has always remained a chance that it could be avoided. At this point, there have been no unexpected setbacks; however, as Gronkowski has already learned, things can always change quickly.
It would obviously be a boon to Gronkowski's fantasy stock if he can avoid surgery and can basically guarantee his availability for Week 1. If so, he's going to hold 1st/2nd round value due to his relative value to other tight ends.