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BOSTON (CBS) – According to multiple reports, Rob Gronkowski’s fourth forearm surgery on Monday was a success.
The Patriots tight end underwent another procedure on his broken left forearm on Monday afternoon to remove a plate that had been installed to help the healing process. Pro Football talk is reporting an infection in the arm is gone, and a new plate was installed.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Gronkowski will not need a fifth surgery on the arm.
This could put an end to a roller coaster ride for Gronkowski and the Patriots. He originally broke the forearm back in November in a Week 11 win over the Indianapolis Colts, and rebroke it during New England’s playoff win over the Houston Texans.
Had the infection still been present on Monday, the Patriots tight end would have likely faced a fifth surgery on his arm.
Though his arm appears to be healthy, Gronkowski could face minor back surgery for a disc issue that began to bother him last season. A decision on that is expected to come in the next few weeks.
Gronkowski led the Patriots in 2012 with 11 touchdowns to go with 55 receptions and 790 yards.