According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, it sounds like the New England Patriots have idea how bad Rob Gronkowski’s back is.
In three or four weeks, Gronk is slated to get checked out by an expert who is not employed by the Patriots, with the hope that he could relieve the “chronic” pain that has bothered him for a year.
When I asked owner Robert Kraft about it this week, his response was, “I wish I knew as much as you’d like me to know.” It seems that nobody really knows. Medical opinions haven’t been formed. Kraft later told reporters that Gronkowski “still should be great. We’ll see.”
Clearly, there is uncertainty. The team does not know how bad Gronk’s back is. And with his forearm healing for another two months at least, it might be time to start moving back his timeline. Ready for training camp? Seems like a long shot, in my opinion.
Think about it. Gronkowski hasn’t been able to work out and lift like he’s wanted. And with back surgery possibly looming, he likely won’t for a while. Maybe it’s time to turn the focus to a possible stint on the physically unable to perform list and a midseason return. Thinking of this situation in those terms might help for all parties.