New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski could require surgery to repair a disc in his back, USA Today's Mike Garafolo reported on Friday. Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to examine a previously injured disc in his back that was bothering him last season.
According to the report, a source speaking on the condition of anonymity said the MRI revealed damage to a disc on Gronkowski's back. However, it's not the same disc that was shaved down in a procedure in 2009. The source claims Gronkowski will visit spine specialist Robert Watkins after surgery to place a plate in Gronkowski's forearm next week. He is expected to be ready for Patriots' training camp.
The 23-year-old is expected to undergo his fourth arm surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Monday. An infection from a previous procedure to repair Gronkowski's broken left forearm had delayed the fourth surgery.