NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported last month that Gronkowski's camp was keeping their options open as doctors waited to see if a "stubborn" infection in his forearm would clear up on its own. That hasn't stopped Gronk from participating in New England's offseason program, where he "looks great," a source told ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss.
A fourth surgery could threaten Gronkowski's availability for the start of the season, a worst-case-scenario for the Patriots' offense.
But Gronkowski hasn't encountered any unexpected setbacks, according to Reiss, who last month reported it was "very likely" another surgery would be needed. We're weeks away from a final decision, but Reiss now reports there's a "chance that (an operation) could be avoided," which is music to the ears of all who love Gronk.
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