Well, it happened. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finally underwent back surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Now he is facing a 10-to-12-week rehab period, and it is expected to be a close call as to whether he will play Week 1 versus the Bills. An anonymous source told USA Today's Mike Garafolo that the Patriots are holding on to an "optimistic" view that Gronkowski will be ready to go by some point late in August.
The surgery was reportedly successful, but when is that ever not the case? A late-August return would be about 10 weeks from now, but it seems like the odds are much higher that Gronk will need at least 12 weeks and be forced to miss at least one regular-season game. Tuesday's operation is just the latest chapter in this saga that is far from over. What we do know is that Gronk will miss at least most if not all of training camp. His ADP should be interesting to watch during August.