New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Undergoes Successful Surgery

Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass out of bounds while defended by Houston Texans inside linebacker Barrett Ruud (54) during the first half of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowki went through successful back surgery today in Marina Del Rey, Calif. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, who also handled Gronkowski’s previous back procedure (NFL.com).

There seems to be some optimism that Gronk could return before the end of preseason. That would be a Adrian Peterson type return for a team that needs his contributions on offense. When Gronkowski is healthy, he is the best tight end in the game. He is a game changer.

Now we have to see if Gronk will be able to make a quick return and return at the level that everyone hopes that he will be at. Tom Brady and the rest of the guys on offense would love to see him get back on the field. He carries a huge load off of their backs.

Without Gronkowski on the field, someone else will have to step up and make things happen. Aaron Hernandez is returning from shoulder surgery and may be a little slow to get back to speed also. Danny Amendola is always an injury waiting to happen. Who will step up on offense for them?

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