Rob Gronkowski has forearm infection, could miss beginning of the season

Gronk's arm may be infected, which could force him to miss week 1

4/7/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY SportsThe Patriots have already been a bit frustrating about Rob Gronkowski's forearm injury, but it looks like it may be getting worse, and is threatening his availability for the beginning of the season.

There may be an infection in his forearm, which would mean the doctors have to take out the plate that they surgically inserted earlier and put in a new one.

If that's the case, it would set his recovery time back and could threaten his status for week 1.

This could be huge news for the Patriots, who use their tight ends more than any team in football. If Gronkowski is healthy, the offense should do well. If not, there will be added pressure on the offense to fill in the gap, and it could result in some struggles, particularly with Wes Welker's departure to Denver.
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