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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski out of surgery, infection in arm gone

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Now Rob Gronkowski hopes to overcome back issues before the start of the season. (USATSI)
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose left forearm has been surgically repaired four times due in part to a lingering infection, underwent surgery again Monday. This time, though, there's good news: A source with knowledge of the situation tells CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that Gronk is out of surgery, a new plate has been put on his left forearm, and the infection is gone.

Last week, Gronkowski was reportedly dealing with chronic back pain and planned to see a specialist. USAToday.com's Mike Garafolo noted that while back surgery wasn't guaranteed, a decision would be made soon. Either way, the hope remains that the fourth-year tight end "would be back within the same time frame as his recovery from the arm injury."

Gronkowski is an integral part of the Patriots' offense, but Aaron Hernandez has emerged as one of the league's best pass-catching tight ends in recent seasons. While Gronk is on the mend, New England also has Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells on the depth chart.

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