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Serious Concerns Over Rob Gronkowski's Arm

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Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.
Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

While Rob Gronkowski expects to play this Sunday when the New England Patriots face the New Orleans Saints, his status for Week 6 is in question, and he has still not been medically cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews.

Gronkowski broke his arm in mid-November last year in a game against the Indianapolis Colts, and he underwent surgery in the hopes of having him ready for the playoffs. However, he re-injured his arm when they faced off against the Houston Texans in the playoffs, and he had to sit out of the AFC Championship game.

Mike Petraglia of WEEI learned that there is a “serious concern” over the integrity and stability of the bone in his left forearm. Patriots doctor Tom Gill had to perform multiple surgeries to treat infections, and the team took the decision out of Gill’s hands and placed it on the renowned Dr. James Andrews.

A source also told Petraglia that they believe the bone should’ve been allowed to heal on its own, taking out the risk of an abscess developing, which would cause yet another infection and weaken the bone.

There was some optimism throughout training camp and the early part of the season that Gronkowski would be ready as early as Week 3, but Week 6 is upon us and Gronkowski may even sit out another week.