underwent back surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday with Dr. Robert Watkins
The tight end is still expected to be on the shelf for the next couple of months, and while he could be up and around by the time training camp rolls around, it’s still questionable as to whether or not he will be ready to start the 2013 regular season on time.
While several reports indicate this most recent back surgery is not connected to the back problem he had as a collegian — one that forced him to sit out a season while at Arizona — Tuesday’s surgery is the sixth one for the tight end in the last 17 months. He has had a procedure on an ankle injury in the days following Super Bowl XLVI, as well as four surgeries on a broken forearm and subsequent infection issue he suffered last season.
Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus described the latest procedure as simply “preventative maintenance.”
“In Rob’s case, it’s not a serious back surgery, it’s unrelated to the original surgery that he had as a junior in college,” said Rosenahus. “That’s totally [fine] and recovered perfectly. This is a new injury and it’s minor. It’s not as significant.
“As I said, the recovery time will be consistent with the recovery time that he’s going to be out anyway, so I don’t think it’s a big deal. … Although he needs it, he had it for a while and he’s been able to function.”
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