According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network via NFL.com, Rob Gronkowski’s fourth surgery on his forearm has been scheduled for next week.
The Patriots are optimistic that Gronk will be ready for training camp, but there’s also a chance he could have to undergo a fifth surgery.
The Patriots expect Gronkowski to be ready for training camp, but they won’t have a true idea on his timetable until the plate in his arm is replaced.
If the infection has cleared — Gronkowski has been on antibiotics — no more surgeries likely will be needed. If not, Rapoport reports there almost certainly will be a fifth surgery that would make it unlikely he’d be ready for training camp in July.
In other words, the Patriots are holding their breath. One more setback — and there already have been a few — and the Patriots will have every reason for legitimate concern about Gronkowski.