Rob Gronkowski back issue could linger

Former NFLer Ross Tucker believes it's "ambitious" to believe Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will need only 10 or 11 weeks to recover from surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.  Tucker underwent a similar procedure in 2004.  "I was able to come back in 12 weeks, but I didn't feel right," Tucker said.  "I didn't feel good, and it led to other issues.  I partially tore my hamstring.  I hurt my neck.  I was not totally right 12 weeks later.  I really didn't feel good or normal until a full year later.  And even then, I'll maintain that I was never the same player."  Scary stuff for Gronk's short and long-term outlooks.  And remember that this will be his 2nd back surgery in the last 4 years.  Gronk is expected to meet with doctors in 3-4 weeks to confirm that this latest surgery is needed.  That already puts us into mid June.  The regular season kicks off 13 weeks after that.  Based on Tucker's timeline, Gronk won't be at 100% by then.  We'll continue to track his status throughout the summer.

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