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Billy Spikes


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:42 pm    Post subject: Rob Gronkowski post-back surgery; No cast or brace Reply with quote

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Per source, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will need back surgery. Tentatively set for mid-June. He'll likely miss at least part of camp.


http://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/339828624754606082

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Gronkowski's arm is healing up, no sign of the infection resurfacing. The surgery on the back was expected, so Pats have planned for it.


http://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/339828849175056384

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First, the reason Gronk has to wait until mid-June to have back surgery is b/c they have to be sure the infection in his arm is gone. ...


http://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/340484056535945217

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Second, it seems, indeed, that a big reason to do back surgery now is the arm issue presented a "good opportunity" to take care of it. ...


http://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/340484330671464448

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Third, timetables are murky on this stuff, b/c it's a combo of issues. But each procedure would typically call for about 12 weeks rehab. ...


http://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/340484634234195969

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Fourth, Dr. Watkins typically puts patients thru a 4- or 5-step process to rebuild core stability & strength, and stablize the trunk. ...


http://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/340485166592036864

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Fifth, once Gronk is healed building back strength and conditioning to play football will be needed.


http://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/340485406250397697

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league source: Rob Gronkowski back surgery set for Tuesday (1st reported by Schefter/Reiss)...to be done in California by Dr. Robert Watkins


http://twitter.com/shalisemyoung/statuses/345890594222137345

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Expected 12 week recovery time for Gronk puts him right around Week 1, but #Patriots could keep him out anywhere from 1-6 games to be safe


http://twitter.com/BenVolin/statuses/345892083397169152

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Pats TE Rob Gronkowski's back surgery is completed, and it is believed that it went well.


http://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/347096308164743168

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Rob Gronkowski will begin the preseason on the PUP list, per source. Expected. But important to know it will happen (as opposed to likely)


http://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/347397289649770496

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What we do not know on Gronk: Will he start regular season on PUP list? That's the big one. Team waiting/seeing. Told, "He could be ready"


http://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/347397770782576640
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is going to be very different from the procedure he had at Arizona, by all indications. That procedure did not affect his back structurally; I hope this one doesn't either, or it could have serious consequences for his career. At least the arm is good.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We all knew it was going to happen, no surprise.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the exact nature of the injury? Do we know?
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tzimisce wrote:
What's the exact nature of the injury? Do we know?


He needs to repair a disc in his back.

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According to Garafolo, the current disc that requires surgery is not the same one that was shaved down in 2009. The need for surgery does raise concerns about the availability of Gronkowski for the regular season-opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 8.


http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/patriots-te-rob-gronkowski-needs-back-surgery-202231176.html
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I missing something here? So far everyone is not worried because "he'll be there for the season opener."


All these forearm issues, surgeries, and now a back surgery have/will have put him off weight training for months. Goodbye strength. September is just over 3 months away. How many months have these issues put him back as far as strength and conditioning training goes?


And he has to make that all up in a few weeks when he can finally train?


I wouldn't be surprised if his blocking goes down to Hernandez levels (which isn't too bad but not elite like Gronk at his healthiest).
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At this point I'm skeptical if the impact he'll have until November. He's going to be behind in conditioning and his timing will need to come back. I hope it doesn't turn into a lost year.

That said, he might be good to go by mid September. Backs are tricky things
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Am I missing something here? So far everyone is not worried because "he'll be there for the season opener."


All these forearm issues, surgeries, and now a back surgery have/will have put him off weight training for months. Goodbye strength. September is just over 3 months away. How many months have these issues put him back as far as strength and conditioning training goes?


And he has to make that all up in a few weeks when he can finally train?


I wouldn't be surprised if his blocking goes down to Hernandez levels (which isn't too bad but not elite like Gronk at his healthiest).

Gronk is country strong. He doesn't need to inflate himself to have functional strength as a blocker. Will he dip a bit? Sure. But a Hernandez level blocker? Gronk could fall out of bed and block at a higher level than Hernandez. His health is most important; once he's clear there, he can be eased back in, and still present a serious threat in the red zone to start, which is what they'll need him for most in the short term.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it's best for him to start the season on PUP.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Maybe it's best for him to start the season on PUP.


Was just gonna suggest this. We need him healthy when the calendar flips much more than we need him in September/October.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PoWww wrote:
Maybe it's best for him to start the season on PUP.


I am wondering the same thing. In my view, it is better that he is 100% when the playoffs start rather than 60-70% (or less) for the entire season.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad we have Ballard.
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The agent for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told a Miami sports radio station Thursday that the upcoming surgery on his client’s back is not serious and its recovery timetable will be "very comparable to the amount of time he would miss" after a fourth surgery on his forearm.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus described the back surgery as “preventative maintenance” and referred to it as "killing two birds with one stone" during his interview with WQAM.

"In Rob's case, it's not a serious back surgery, it's unrelated to the original surgery that he had as a junior in college," said Rosenahus, referring to the injury that kept Gronk off the field in 2009 and played a part in his falling to the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. "That's totally [fine] and recovered perfectly. This is a new injury and it's minor; it's not as significant.

"It's certainly, as I said, the recovery time will be consistent with the recovery time that he's going to be out anyway, so I don't think it's a big deal. ... Although he needs it, he had it for a while and he's been able to function."


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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...trusting Drew Rosenhaus is a dicey proposition at best.
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tzimisce wrote:
...trusting Drew Rosenhaus is a dicey proposition at best.

True, but he was right about the first surgery with Gronk, and he has less incentive to lie about it now that he's been paid.
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