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Gronk to Have Another Surgery, Winfield to the Visit the Seahawks

Gronk to Have Fourth Surgery

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has an infection in his left forearm and will need to undergo surgery. This puts his return in jeopardy as he had his eye on playing in Week 1.

According to The Boston Herald, Gronkowski has a “stubborn’ infection in the area where he had a metal plate inserted to fix his broken forearm. While he has been undergoing treatment, it appears it hasn’t completely gone away. Gronkowski will now have doctors going in and replacing the plate with a new one. However, if the infection still exists, they’ll have to wait to insert it.

At issue is the healing time. It has a requisite 10 weeks and this could affect the player’s readiness for Week 1 in September. A decision for next steps with Gronkowski’s team could take place in the next week.

The tight end’s broken forearm came in Week 11 of the 2012 season.

With the upcoming surgery, this will represent the fourth one on Gronkowski’s forearm. His last one came in late February.

Last week, Gronkowski appeared on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show but did not mention a delay in his rehab. He said via CBS Sports, “The arm is feeling way better than it was during the playoffs, and in the regular season when I broke it.

“Right now, I’m rehabbing, getting the muscle stronger around it. You want to get everything activated, re-activated, because it shuts down for a little bit when it’s healing. … When my trainers give me the good-to-go, hopefully in the next couple weeks, as soon as possible, I can get rolling again … doing what I love doing, catching some balls.”

Winfield to Visit the Seahawks

In the case of another veteran player having a challenging time finding a new team, former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield is expected to visit the Seattle Seahawks this week, tweeted the Chicago Sun-Times’ Seth Jensen.

In the 2012 season, Winfield gave up zero touchdowns in coverage and according to CBS Sports, he had been graded as the league’s top run-stopping cornerback. But at 35, the Vikings weren’t willing to show him a $7.5 million payday and now he’s on the open market.

He’s previously received some interest from the Washington Redskins and the Vikings haven’t reportedly given up on having the player back on the team but a mutually agreeable deal hasn’t been made.

A three-time Pro Bowler, should Winfield join the Seahawks he’d make it a strong cornerback trio. He’s be in the slot with the talented Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman on the outside.

 

 

 

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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