BOSTON (CBS) — Rob Gronkowski is facing another major setback.

The Patriots’ star tight end needs a surgery, his fourth, to repair his forearm, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

The surgery, according to the report, will be to change the plate in Gronkowski’s forearm. And, Guregian reported, it may not even be Gronkowski’s final surgery.

“The plate has to be switched, no matter what, and the surrounding tissue tested,” the report said. “The real question is if Gronkowski, who has been taking part in the team’s offseason program, will need a fifth operation.”

The fourth surgery cannot take place until doctors deem his current infection to be cleared up. Given that the recovery time for the plate surgery is 11 weeks, any delay to having that surgery will start to interfere with Gronkowski being ready for the start of the season.

Gronkowski, who turns 24 on May 14, caught 55 passes and 11 touchdowns in just 11 games last season. Despite missing five games, he still ranked fourth in the NFL in receiving touchdowns. He returned for the Patriots’ playoff game against Houston but left after reinjuring his broken left forearm.

Jeff Howe with Toucher & Rich on what this means moving forward.


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