New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is finally set to have surgery on his back. As ESPN's Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss both report, Gronkowski is expected to go under the knife on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Based on the report, the timetable of his recovery will depend on if there is anything else that needs to be repaired or fixed when they operate on his back. If nothing else is to be fixed then the timetable for his return would be 12 weeks, which for you folks at home would make his availability to the Patriots around September 10. That will be two days after the Patriots are set to open against the Buffalo Bills and also two days before the Patriots play the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.
The report also indicates that the surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, the same man who most recently performed back surgery on New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
The biggest question now becomes if Gronkowski will be available in time for the Patriots second game of the season. With the late date of surgery he will not be available at training camp.
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