Rob Gronkowski isn’t going back under the knife just yet.
Gronkowski, who has undergone three surgeries already, is delaying a fourth surgery intended to check on his infection and install a new plate in the repaired left forearm, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. Instead, the Patriots tight end will continue his course with antibiotics for a few more weeks and see if the infection subsides completely.
Late last week, all signs pointed toward Gronk needing a fourth and eventually fifth surgery, drawing his his status for the start of the 2013 season into question. But his agent Drew Rosenhaus cleared the air, assuring Patriots fans that no decision had been made.
Gronkowski will still need a fourth surgery to replace the plate in his forearm either way, but if the infection clears out ahead of time then the All-Pro tight end would likely be back to full health by the time training camp opens.