According to ESPN’s Ed Werder via Rotoworld.com, the New England Patriots have no idea when tight end Rob Gronkowski will be back after undergoing his fifth surgery this offseason.
“The fact is the Patriots really don’t know when he’s gonna come back,” Werder stated. The Pats will have a better feel once Gronk’s back operation is performed Tuesday, but Werder reports Bill Belichick has prepared “many contingencies,” and noted New England is currently carrying a league-high seven tight ends on its 90-man roster. Gronkowski will open camp on the PUP list, and we suspect he may stay there into the regular season.
Gronk will definitely play at some point this coming season, but it makes sense that the Patriots don’t know when. Three surgeries on his forearm and two on his back won’t make it easy for him to be ready for the regular season.