The many reports regarding Rob Gronkowski 's back have gone back and forth on whether he will even undergo surgery this summer. Well, he will. A source has told NFL Network's Albert Breer that Gronkowski's back surgery is tentatively scheduled for mid-June, and he will likely miss part of training camp.
That surgery date seems about right since many expected him to go under the knife about a month after his latest forearm operation, which took place May 20. Breer says Gronk will only miss a portion of camp, but that would take an extraordinary recovery considering most expect Gronk to miss at least 10-12 weeks. There are a couple of other things to consider here. One, no matter what Breer or his source says, Gronkowski's own team doesn't really know about the complexity of the operation or when he will be able to play again. However, a herniated disc is reported to be a problem. Two, Gronkowski, now scheduled for his second back operation in four years, may never be without back pain again. NBC Sports Network's Ross Tucker, who played eight years as an offensive lineman in the NFL, said last week that he was never the same player after having a herniated disc fixed in 2004.
"I was able to come back in 12 weeks, but I didn't feel right," Tucker said. "I didn't feel good, and it led to other issues. I partially tore my hamstring. I hurt my neck. I was not totally right 12 weeks later. I really didn't feel good or normal until a full year later. And even then, I'll maintain that I was never the same player."
Oh, that is ... promising. There are few players I want on my fantasy team less than Rob Gronkowski right now.