Report: Patriots' Rob Gronkowski has successful back surgery

There's no timetable for when Rob Gronkowski will be fully healthy. (USATSI)
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has had successful surgery, this time on a bothersome back, according to his brother, Gordie Gronkowski Jr., who tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon (the same day as the procedure, reports

And that's the next order of business: getting Gronk pain-free.

Last week, a source with knowledge of Gronkowski's situation told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that it would be very difficult to pinpoint a return for the Pats' dynamic playmaker.

La Canfora added: "It has become pretty obvious he won't be cleared for contact for virtually all of training camp, and spending a considerable amount of time on the PUP list could be ahead as well, depending on the success of the surgery and how Gronkowski's body responds."

It's been a month since Gronk had a plate put in his left forearm, which has been surgically repaired four times due in part to a lingering infection (thankfully, the infection is now gone).

Gronkowski, who has 38 touchdowns in three seasons, is an integral part of the Patriots' offense, but Aaron Hernandez has emerged as one of the league's best pass-catching tight ends. While Gronk is on the mend, New England also has Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells on the depth chart, not to mention wide receiver Danny Amendola, added this offseason to replace Wes Welker.

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