BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is holding off on having another surgery on his broken left forearm, hoping that another round of antibiotics will clear up the infection that’s bothered him recently.

A source familiar with Gronkowski’s situation told The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian that he will continue to take antibiotics and hold off on removing the existing metal plate and inserting a new one to the forearm he broke twice during the 2012 season.

”Gonna hold off for a few weeks to make sure infection gone before going back in,” the source told the Herald.

Gronkowski originally broke his arm back in November during a regular season win over the Colts. He sat for five weeks and returned in the regular season finale, scoring a touchdown against the Dolphins, but re-broke the arm in New England’s playoff victory over the Houston Texans.

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The tight end has been battling an infection that was discovered during his second surgery following the second break, which eventually led to a third surgery where doctors attempted to clear out the infection. Gronkowski was placed on a six-week antibiotic course following that third operation.

Gronkowski will eventually need to undergo surgery to put in a new plate holding his forearm bone together — which requires a recovery time of 10 weeks. So the tight end will hold off now in hopes the infection goes away, but should it not, missing part of the regular season is not out of the question.

Gronkowski led the Patriots with 11 touchdowns in 11 games in 2012.


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