”Gonna hold off for a few weeks to make sure infection gone before going back in,” said a source close to the situation.
Gronkowski is still expected to undergo surgery to install a new plate in his forearm, but they’re hoping that his infection will be gone by that time. He will most likely require a healing time of roughly 10 weeks for this procedure, so there’s still a chance he could miss the start of the 2013 season.
Borgers’ sources added that Gronkowski is dealing with “stubborn” infection surrounding the area in his forearm where he had a second metal plate installed after suffering another break last season.
Despite nearly completing a six-week antibiotics cycle, doctors still aren’t sure if the infection has been completely eliminated. Gronkowski is expected to have a new plate installed in his arm once the infection has been eliminated.
There’s still a chance that Gronkowski could be available for the start of the regular season, but this will ultimately be decided by whether or not there’s still an infection. Should the infection remain, Gronkowski would like need another ten weeks of healing following another surgery.
We’ll have to see how things go in next few weeks before we have a real idea of whether or not he’ll be available for the start of the regular season.