The Patriots' official website posted an interview with tight end Rob Gronkowski on Friday and asked him how he is coming along after undergoing surgery one month ago to fix his broken left forearm. Gronkowski said he is out of his cast and "[g]etting it better. Getting it stronger. Getting it totally healthy now."
Gronkowski broke the forearm in the early stages of New England's divisional round playoff game versus the Texans. Two weeks earlier, Gronkowski made his return to the field after missing five games due to an initial break of the same arm.
I know the re-breaking of the arm are going to make some people a little nervous about drafting Gronkowski next season. Don't be. This isn't like a hamstring or some other repetitive soft-tissue injury. This shouldn't have the lingering, long-term effects of a concussion. This has nothing to do with his legs, feet or back, which gave Gronk problems at times last season. I would classify what happened to him as a freak occurrence, definitely not something that should be thought of as chronic or threatening to his NFL future. I would be against drafting him late in the first round, but there is no doubt he should be the first TE off the board this summer.