Rob Gronkowski needs back surgery

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski needs surgery, again. This time though, the surgery is on his back, not his forearm.

Gronkowski has had complications from surgery to repair a broken forearm he suffered last year and has undergone four procedures to fix the break and fight off infections. Now, Gronkowski will add back surgery to his list.

This is not the first time Gronkowski has had back issues. According to USA Today Sports, Gronkowski suffered a back injury while at the University of Arizona.

The seemingly injury-prone Gronkowski will be out until at least the start of training camp and could miss the start of the regular season if the injury continues to nag.

Luckily for the Patriots, coach Bill Belichick is a tight end hoarder. According to, New England currently has seven, that’s right, SEVEN tight ends on their roster. Frequent NFL viewers know Belichick and the Patriots love to run double or triple tight end sets, and even stick one or two in the backfield, but even seven seems a little hoarder-y.

Gronkowski is still a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and the Patriots will certainly miss his size and blocking ability. Hopefully for Patriots fans, Gronkowski won’t have to miss any of the regular season.

Maybe Gronk should take a little off the Gronk Spike this year.

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