Report: Rob Gronkowski needs back surgery, likely to miss part of training camp

Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Rob Gronkowski's back surgery will be his fourth surgery since injuring his forearm last season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Rob Gronkowski will undergo his fifth surgery since injuring his forearm last season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo another surgery on his back in mid-June, likely sidelining him for a portion of training camp, according to Albert Breer of

The Patriots anticipated Gronkowski would require the surgery after their record-breaking tight end experienced chronic back pain.

Gronkowski has undergone four surgeries on his left forearm since mid-November after injuring it during the 2012 season, then reinjuring it during the playoffs. The infection involved with those surgeries has cleared up, according to a Breer tweet.

Gronkowski previously underwent a 3-1/2-hour microdiscectomy to remove a small portion of his spine and relieve pressure on his sciatic nerve while at the University of Arizona.

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