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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski's back won't keep him out

Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's (back, forearm) "chronic" back problem, even if it does require surgery, won't keep him from participating in training camp, unless his forearm needs several more surgeries. Gronkowski's disc problem is different from the disc problem he dealt with in 2009, when he had the disc shaved down. However, his new disc problem dates back to last season. The star tight end was surrounded by rumors in 2010 that he dealt with spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal column that can lead to degenerative discs and joint pain. However, those rumors were quickly dismissed.

Fantasy Tip: If Gronkowski's forearm injury allows him to return in time for training camp and Week 1, he may not be 100 percent healthy. However, if he's on the field and playing, fantasy owners will find it hard not to view him as a TE1. Temper your expectations early, though, and keep tabs on his recovery from these injuries this offseason.

2013-05-17 14:20:12 | Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

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