A possible fourth arm surgery for tight end Rob Gronkowski remains up in the air, as Gronkowski, agent Drew Rosenhaus, and the Patriots’ coaches and medical staff wait to see if the infection plaguing his left arm will clear.
Pro Football Talk reported Thursday night that the loose timeline for Gronkowski is six weeks. If his fracture isn’t healing well enough and the infection hasn’t improved enough at that point, he will have another operation as a last resort.
That is probable, PFT reported, but not definite.
Earlier in the week, Rosenhaus appeared on a South Florida television station and discussed the health of his client.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen yet. There’s been a lot of speculation. I can tell you that I’m going to be talking to the team doctors, we’re going to talk to the experts, and we’re going to see how it plays out,” Rosenhaus said. “Right now, we’ve got plenty of time until the season starts.
“Whether he needs an operation, what that operation will entail, that’s very preliminary. No determinations have been made, there’s no surgery scheduled, and we’re not even sure if he’s going to need one.”
If Gronkowski is to need another surgery, he could still have about 10 weeks to heal before training camp opens.
As has been well-documented, Gronkowski first broke his left forearm late in New England’s 59-24 victory over the Colts Nov. 18 at Gillette Stadium, underwent his first surgery to have a plate placed over the bone, and was back on the field for the regular-season finale.
Two weeks later, in the playoffs against Houston, he broke the arm again, this time at the spot where the initial plate ended.
In late February, a third surgery was needed to try to clean out an infection that had developed. That infection has lingered, leaving Gronkowski and the team to ponder the options.