Recommendation: The statement adds that "the timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program." While earlier reports have speculated a 12-week recovery period likely on tap for Gronkowski, his Week 1 availability remains cloudy at this time, though NFL.com's Ian Rapoport suggests that the Patriots are holding out hope that Gronkowski could be ready to start the season.
Advice: The operation was performed on Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. On May 20, Gronkowski had his fourth surgery on the left forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again in the Patriots' first playoff game, a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans. Rosenhaus said the fourth surgery was expected to be the last on his forearm.