June 19, 2013

Fourth surgery for Gronkowski

The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent back surgery Tuesday, his fourth operation this year.

This surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent.

On May 20, Gronkowski had the most recent operation on the left forearm he broke Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

He had an operation soon after, the first of four on his forearm.

He broke it again in the Patriots' first playoff game, a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans on Jan. 13, and has had three forearm operations since then.

Rosenhaus said the surgery performed last month was expected to be the last on his forearm.

The Pats open training camp in late July and start the regular season Sept. 8 at Buffalo.

In 43 games, Gronkowski has scored 39 touchdowns, 38 on passes and one on a run.

Drafted in the second round out of Arizona in 2010, he was chosen for the Pro Bowl in 2011.

In that season he set NFL records for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches, 18 total TDs and 1,327 yards receiving.

In 11 games last season, Gronkowski had 55 catches for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He missed five regular-season games with forearm and hip injuries, and the AFC championship game, a 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, after he rebroke his forearm.


FALCONS: Tight end Tony Gonzalez won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.

Gonzalez, who recently announced he will play one more season after originally planning to retire, was honored for his professionalism in helping pro football writers do their jobs.


JAGUARS: Jacksonville signed its second- and third-round picks -- safety Johnathan Cyprien and cornerback Dwayne Gratz.


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