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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will put off surgery on arm

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will delay surgery on his left arm. Gronkowski fractured it for the second time during the AFC divisional round. (Al Bello/Getty Images) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will delay surgery on his left arm. Gronkowski fractured it for the second time during the AFC divisional round. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski has decided not to have another surgery on his arm -- for now -- according to The Boston Herald:

According to one source familiar with the proceedings, the decision for now is to have the Patriots tight end delay the surgery for several more weeks to be sure the infection has completely cleared out, and continue with the course of antibiotics.

Gronkowski broke his left forearm first during Week 11 of the season, and then again during the AFC divisional round as he tried to catch a pass from Tom Brady. An infection was discovered during surgery after the second break.

Gronkowski will eventually have to have surgery to put in a new plate that's holding the bone together, but the hope is that he won't require one related to the infection if it can be cleared out by the antibiotics.
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