From our Gronkmageddon desk
Sunday’s Boston Herald plays its New England Patriots scoop Gronk-and-center in the Sports section:
The Ron Borges/Karen Guregian report:
Sources say readiness for year in peril
Wes Welker may not be the only important pass catcher Tom Brady is missing when the Patriots season begins in September. His biggest one may be absent as well.
According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, tight end Rob Gronkowski has been battling a stubborn infection in the area around where a second metal plate was installed to repair his broken left forearm and his readiness for the season is in jeopardy.
Crosstown rival Sunday Boston Globe had, well, nothing on the Gronkbeat in its print edition.
But our stately local broadsheet did post this on its website at 11:33 on Sunday morning:
Rob Gronkowski’s left arm continues to be a concern for the Patriots and their standout tight end.
The infection that led to Gronkowski undergoing a third surgery on the forearm has lingered, and according to league sources, he could be facing a fourth surgery if it does not clear up in the coming weeks.
If the infection continues, doctors could decide to remove the second plate he had placed in his arm because that could be the cause of the infection — but it is unknown at this point exactly what is causing the infection, one of the sources said.
Things could be further complicated if it is discovered that the infection has spread to other parts of the arm.
One thing that didn’t spread: Credit to the Herald for breaking the story.
Poor form, Globeniks. Poor form.