BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo a fourth surgery on his left forearm sometime next week.
According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the surgery will be performed by Dr. Jesse Jupiter at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
If there is no infection in Gronkowski’s arm, the procedure next week will replace the plate in his forearm. The recovery time from that is expected to last 10 weeks, which would take Gronkowski up until the approximate start of training camp in July.
However, if the infection hasn’t cleared Gronkowski could face a potential fifth surgery — according to the NFL Network — which could interfere with the start of the regular season.
Gronkowski originally broke his forearm in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts. He returned for the regular-season finale against Miami and played two weeks later against the Houston Texans in the playoffs, but re-broke his arm early in the game.
Gronkowski led the Patriots with 11 touchdowns and ranked third with 55 receptions for 790 yards during the regular season.