Feels like we've been talking about Rob Gronkowski a lot, huh? And not in the good, fun, Sorry-for-Partying kind of way. Gronk's been dealing with his broken arm for months now and is reportedly scheduled to undergo a fourth surgery on his arm Monday.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that Gronk will go under the knife at 2 p.m. Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital.
This surgery comes on the heels of a report that Gronkowski's also dealing with a back injury that could cause him to face surgery as well.
Monday's operation isn't a surprise, because we've been hearing for a while it would happen. But the date of the arm surgery was up in the air.
Also up in the air is the infection in Gronk's arm. It's caused repeated issues as he tries to recover from the injury, and the timetable for the tight end's return may hinge upon the procedure.
If Gronkowski's arm is infection-free come Monday afternoon, he'll be in much better shape to get back on the field in a timely manner.
Guregian reports that cultures from Gronk's arm will be taken during the surgery. If the cultures grow, that indicates an infection and then, per Guregian, it's "back to square one, with the possibility of missed games creeping into the equation."
That's the nightmare situation for the Patriots and one they hope to have more clarity on by Monday afternoon.