Gronkowski to undergo back surgery

Gronkowski to undergo back surgery

Some very bad news today regarding Rob Gronkowski coming out to Los Angeles to see Dr. [Robert] Watkins.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery on Friday, according to ProFootballTalk.

Gray: So obviously, as you just indicated Tom, you guys will go on without him, but the results without Gronk have not been good due to his injuries. At the time, it was reported that the injury was not serious, but as it turns out, Gronkowski has been diagnosed with a herniated disk that he apparently suffered in the game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The statement further clarified Gronkowski's health issues in recent weeks, which began with a hit by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on November 13. The New York Jets, who the Patriots will face in Week 15, rank No. 13 against top wideouts. He also dealt with a hamstring injury in 2016.

The Patriots will now lean heavily on tight end Martellus Bennett. He missed the Patriots' Week 11 win over the 49ers with a chest injury. He did not dismiss a question afterward about whether he'd had trouble stepping into his throws properly because of his knee. After all, Rob Gronkowski has hauled in 25 catches for 540 yards this season with three touchdowns despite missing three games and having to play two games with Jacoby Brissett as his starting quarterback.

The Oakland Raiders are the next team that should greatly benefit. Matt Barkley figures to start his second straight game when the Bears (2-9) host San Francisco (1-10) in a matchup between struggling teams on Sunday. That means he would miss the AFC Championship Game (January 22) should the Patriots - who are now the number one seeds in the AFC - get there. Tom Brady is Tom Brady so he can do it anyway, but it becomes a lot more hard. He's such a mentally tough person. Of course, Brady is the better player, but it doesn't show up in the numbers. The Patriots are faced with a hard decision.

If Belichick is seriously considering moving on from Gronkowski, he'll get a reminder of just how important he is to the both the Patriots offense and its hall-of-fame quarterback. He underwent surgery to fix his ankle following Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.

Sadly, the injury continues the Madden Curse trend where injuries, suspensions, and subpar seasons follow those who end up on the cover of the popular video game series.

If the Patriots find a way to get it done this time, they truly will have earned it.