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.