BOSTON (CBS) – Over the weekend, multiple reports said Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would likely need to undergo a fourth surgery on his left forearm.

WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche is reporting that surgery is “up in the air” for Gronkowski, and the tight end is still expected to be ready for the 2013 regular season.

The Boston Herald first reported on Sunday that Gronkowski was facing another surgery to make sure an infection has been eliminated and to remove a plate from his forearm. ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reported that surgery is “very likely,” with an estimated recovery time of about 10 weeks. Depending on when the surgery can be done, Gronkowski could miss some time at the start of the season according to Reiss.

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Gronkowski originally broke his left forearm blocking on an extra point on November 18 against the Indianapolis Colts. He sat out five weeks and returned against the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season finale, but re-broke the arm early in New England’s playoff win over the Houston Texans.

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Despite missing five weeks, Gronkowski still led the Patriots with 11 touchdown receptions in 2012.


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