When has Drew Rosenhaus ever lied to us? He seems like a trustworthy fellow, right? Anyway, he spoke to a Miami radio station on Thursday and said the injury that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is undergoing surgery for is minor and in no way related to the back operation Gronkowski had in 2009 while playing for the University of Arizona. Rosenhaus said this upcoming surgery, which should take place in about 2-3 weeks, is "not as significant" as the previous back surgery, which was done to fix a herniated disc and forced Gronkowski to miss the entire season.
"I don't think it's a big deal," Rosenhaus said. "I think it's more preventative maintenance than anything else. It's something that, although he needs it, he's had it for a while and he's been able to function."
So what is exactly being done to Gronk's back? No one seems to be telling, and that's a little scary. Rosenhaus may call this maintenance, but NFL people in the know have said Gronk is expected to need at least 10-12 weeks of recovery and rehab following this surgery.
Maybe this is good news. Maybe. From what Rosenhaus is saying, at least it's not another herniated disc operation. Ross Tucker made the aftermath of that sound none too pleasant. But consider the source. One of Rosenhaus' duties is to put his clients in the most favorable light, no matter the circumstances.
So, in the end, Rosenhaus said a lot to that radio station. He also didn't made this situation any clearer.