Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots' free-spirited and highly productive tight end, is considering his options while battling an infection in his surgically repaired left forearm, one of which could delay the start to his season, according to multiple reports Sunday.
Gronkowski's camp will meet with Patriots management to discuss his options as he completes a six-week cycle of antibiotic treatment, according to the reports.
The Boston Herald first reported that doctors are considering a delay in replacing a plate in his forearm because tissue in the area might still be infected. If another surgery is required after replacing the plate, Gronkowski's rehabilitation could run through the pre-season and leave him unprepared to start the regular season in early September.
Gronkowski broke his left forearm in a game against the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 18. He was upbeat while making media rounds this winter.