Shelved for the entire 2009 campaign at Arizona following a back operation, the 24-year-old Gronkowski is again feeling “chronic” pain due to degenerative discs.
Considering placing the 6-foot-6, 265 pound Neanderthal on the reserve/PUP list, Gronk may need to undergo the knife and miss the first six games of the season.
“I wish I knew as much (about Gronkowski’s back) as you’d like me to know,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
A two-time All-Pro who established records for the most touchdowns (17) and yards (1,327) by a tight end in 2011, Gronkowski is a superstar and one of the greatest men to ever play the position.
Although the immortal Tom Brady could succeed throwing a pigskin to an alligator, losing the former Wildcat would badly hinder New England’s offensive attack.
Signing a six-year contract extension worth $54 million in June 2012, Gronkowski is destined to retire prematurely as an unfulfilled talent.
Regrettably, expect injuries to force Rob Gronkowski out of the sport within the next five years.by