The New England Patriots are keeping an eye on tight end Rob Gronkowski's fractured left forearm and still haven't decided whether a fourth surgery will be necessary, according to ESPNBoston.com.
Sources told ESPN that Gronkowski is participating in the Patriots' offseason conditioning program and looks great. Doctors are waiting to examine the arm for any signs that a persistent infection is present. A final determination could be several weeks away, according to reports.
If a fourth surgery is needed, Gronkowski's availability for the start of the regular sesson could be threatened. Another operation was considered very likely last month because of the infection, but now there is hope that it could be avoided. ESPN's sources indicated that there have been no setbacks with the arm in April.
Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm last November and returned late in the season and for the playoffs before he reinjured it. Complications arose after surgery to repair the fracture in January.