The development could jeopardize Gronkowski's availability at the start of the season. According to the report, Gronkowski will require surgery to replace a metal plate in his left arm, which he broke in November and broke again in the playoffs in January. However, if doctors discover that an infection remains, the procedure may not be able to be completed in one session and that could push his recovery time beyond the start of the season in September.
Gronkowski has had three surgeries on his forearm since first breaking it in November vs. the Colts, two to repair the fractures and a third because an infection developed. The Herald reported Gronkowski is nearing the end of six-week cycle of antibiotics to treat the infection, but doctors will not be certain the infection is healed until they operate to remove the metal plate.
Gronkowski recently appeared on several ESPN programs and said his recovery was going well.
"Right now I'm just rehabbing, getting muscles around it stronger, get everything re-activated because it shuts down a little bit when it's healing. Just rehabbing and when trainers give me 'good to go', hopefully in the next couple of weeks, hopefully as soon as possible so I can get rolling again, get back in the weight room, get back on the field and do what I love doing, running around catching some balls," he said on March 27.
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