According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the New England Patriots are optimistic that tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready for the regular season after undergoing his second back surgery this offseason.
Best update I got on Gronk's availability for 2013: Source: "He could be ready for the season." Patriots holding out hope. Many factors
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 18, 2013
I don’t believe Gronk will be ready for week one after his second back surgery. It’s not like he can just start working out right now and get into football shape. He has to let his back heal and then slowly work his way back into shape.