According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is having back problems and may need to undergo surgery.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the Patriots’ policy of not publicly detailing injuries, said the issue is with a different disc than the one that needed to be shaved down in via surgery 2009 and that a final decision on whether surgery will be required has not yet been made. The person said Gronkowski will see noted spine specialist Robert Watkins in the near future, after next week’s surgery to install a new plate into his forearm.
The person said the hope is, if surgery on his back is required, Gronkowski will be back within the same time frame as his recovery from the arm injury, which he initially suffered in November but has been prolonged because of an infection in the limb.
At this point you can actually hear Gronkowski's draft stock falling. I can't even tell you at what point in you draft you should start considering the monster TE, because nobody really knows what his health/time-table will be like heading into the season. Definitely a story to keep an eye on.
Analyst: Brad Costilo View Profile
Owners that draft Gronkowski this season should be prepared to handcuff the early investment with a solid backup later in the draft. Martellus Bennett, Brandon Myers, and Jordan Cameron are a few names to keep in mind.
Analyst: Adam Burnett View Profile