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Report: Gronk might need back surgery

Posted by Robert Burgess  May 17, 2013 03:59 PM

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may need back surgery, according to a report in USA Today.

Just as the news was getting better on Rob Gronkowsi's arm, there's word his back is once again acting up and could require surgery as well.

The New England Patriots' tight end recently underwent an MRI on his back to check on a disc issue he had dating back to last season, a person informed of Gronkowski's medical status told USA TODAY Sports.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the Patriots' policy of not publicly detailing injuries, said the issue is with a different disc than the one that needed to be shaved down in via surgery 2009 and that a final decision on whether surgery will be required has not yet been made.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Gronkowski's back issue is minor, according to a source.

Gronkowski is expected next week, according to the Boston Globe, to have another surgical procedure on his injured and previously infected left forearm, this time replacing a metal plate.

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