New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent a third surgical procedure on the left forearm that he broke — and re-broke — last season.
ESPN reported that the source of the problem was an infection that had developed. Gronkowski is not expected to be ready in time for training camp.
Gronk first broke his arm late in the Patriots’ blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts in mid-November. He underwent surgery, then re-broke the arm in the Patriots’ playoff victory over the Houston Texans in January. He had another surgery and appeared to be recovering nicely enough to shirtlessly strut his stuff on a dance floor earlier this month. Although the viral video shows him falling to the floor, he reportedly did not hurt the arm again.
Last week, he pulled out of his scheduled gig working the Academy Awards’ red carpet for “The Rich Eisen Podcast” on Sunday night. He was capably replaced by the Baltimore Ravens’ Ed Reed.