Report: Rob Gronkowski may not be ready for start of 2013 season

According to a report from the Boston Herald, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may not be ready for the start of the 2013 season.

After breaking his forearm blocking on an extra-point attempt in the regular season, Gronkowski broke the same forearm during the playoffs last year. Then he had third procedure due to an infection in the arm.

Since the surgery to treat the infection, Gronkowski has been on a six-week antibiotic treatment, which is coming to an end, and it's unsure if the infection is gone. Doctors will need to replace the metal plate that he has in his arm, but they won't be able to do so if the infection is not completely cleared.

Not only would they have to wait to replace it, but Gronkowski would need 10 weeks of healing time once they are able to replace the plate.

Gronkowski, the top-ranked tight end in my fantasy rankings, led all tight ends in touchdowns (11) last season despite missing five games. In 43 career games, he has scored a total of 39 touchdowns.

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