Should the New England Patriots Start Looking for a Rob Gronkowski Replacement?

May 17, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In 2011, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had one of the best seasons that a tight end ever has, catching 90 passes for 1,327 yards and an eye-popping 17 touchdowns.
However, that season ended with an ankle injury that required surgery. The 2012 campaign was cut short was a broken forearm. And now, with questions swirling around both that arm injury and Gronkowski's balky back, it's looking more and more like that 2011 season may be the best we ever see from "Gronk."
The news already wasn't especially good where Gronkowski's injured forearm was concerned. As James Walker of ESPN reports, Gronkowski is now set for a fourth operation on the arm to clean out an infection. Gronkowski originally injured the arm in Week 11 last year, and re-broke it in the Patriots' playoff victory over the Houston Texans.
Now the news has gotten even worse.
According to Mike Garafalo of USA Today, an anonymous source inside the New England organization indicates that the 24-...

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