Rob Gronkowski Has Surgery … Again
Let the moralizing begin.
Poor Rob Gronkowski. Late Monday, ESPNâ€™s Adam Schefter and Field Yates reported that Rob Gronkowskiâ€™s twice-surgically repaired forearm got infected and required another surgery. The Patriots tight end underwent the procedure last week and is expected to be ready for training camp, but I fully expect him to be a go-to sports radio topic this week.
Itâ€™s unclear how Gronkowski developed the infection, but Iâ€™m sure a vocal faction will blame it on excessive partying. Now, itâ€™s certainly possible that Gronk aggravated the injury while wrestling with his buddies at a club in Las Vegas. But I doubt it. After Tom Brady tore up his knee in 2008, he developed an infection and required multiple surgeries.Â The situations are completely different, but my point is that clearly bad things can also happen to athletes who arenâ€™t making nightly bar crawls.
I guess Iâ€™m just sick of the canned moralizing. Remember: this is the city where fans once criticized former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein for going to a Pearl Jam concert instead of attending a Red Sox-Yankees game. Epstein missed a single game. One game.
Irritatingly, Gronkowski isnâ€™t just being judged for his flourishing social life. This morning, ESPNâ€™s AFC East blog has a headline that says, â€śIs Rob Gronkowski too injury-prone?â€ť Yes, Gronkowski has a history of injuries. But is the fact that his forearmâ€”which he re-hurt after trying to brace his 265-pound body with itâ€”is infected really a sign that heâ€™s too injury-prone? The brutal nature of NFL football renders every player injury-prone. That includes Gronkowski, who after the week heâ€™s had, probably needs a drink.
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