It’s alarming, to say the least, to know that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski needs back surgery after a quartet of arm procedures.
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.