The health status of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski seems to be getting more complicated by the day.
One day after it was reported that he will undergo a fourth surgery on his forearm next week, USA Today reported on Friday that he may need back surgery as well.
Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI on his back to check on a disc problem he has had since last season, according to the report, which is based on information from a person familiar with Gronkowski's medical status.
The source told USA Today the disc in question is not the same one that needed to be shaved down in 2009, causing him to miss the entire 2009 season, which was his final year at the University of Arizona.
A decision on whether back surgery will be required has not yet been made.
Gronkowski is scheduled to visit spine specialist Robert Watkins sometime after he undergoes next week's surgery to implant a new plate into his forearm.
If back surgery is needed, it is hoped the recovery time for that procedure will coincide with the recovery time for the forearm operation.
Recovery time for the arm surgery is expected to be eight to 10 weeks.
Complicating the injury issue is that Gronkowski, 24, has been unable to work out during the offseason.
He is signed through the 2019 season.