Report: Gronkowski to have back surgery

Report: Gronkowski to have back surgery
May 29, 2013, 4:00 pm
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If Rob Gronkowski isn't already used to hospital gurneys, disposable open-backed gowns, or counting backwards from 100 as anesthesia does its thing, he will be.

According to a report from the NFL Network's Albert Breer, Gronkowski will undergo another surgery -- this one on his back. The procedure will occur in June, and his availability for the start of training camp is in doubt.

The surgery doesn't come as a huge surprise. According to the Boston Herald, Gronkowski underwent an MRI earlier this month to check on a disc that gave him discomfort last season.

Gronkowski had back surgery in 2009 as a player at the University of Arizona, which helped him drop to the second round where the Patriots snagged him with the 42nd overall pick. ESPN reported that his current back issue isn't related to the issue that required surgery four years ago.

The operation will be Gronkowski's sixth (that has been reported) in the last 16 months. He had four surgeries to repair his broken forearm, the last of which came this month. He also had an ankle surgery following Super Bowl XLVI.