Rosenhaus: Gronk's surgery 'not serious'

There is growing fear among the New England Patriots community that Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski is turning into a human pin cushion and an injury-prone player.

Gronkowski will have his fifth surgery since November 2012 next month when he goes under the knife again for back surgery. He is expected to miss a portion of training camp and perhaps the start of the regular season if Gronkowski has any setbacks.

But Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tried to calm some of those fears in an interview with WQAM radio Thursday in South Florida.

“The recovery will be very comparable to the amount of time he'll miss with the arm surgery," Rosenhaus said. "It's not a serious back surgery. This is a new injury, and it's minor, it's not as significant. ... I don't think it's a big deal, I think it's more preventative maintenance than anything else. It's something that, although he needs it, he's had it for awhile and he's been able to function."

It’s not so much the one back surgery as much as it is the accumulation of surgeries. Gronkowski is only 24 and he's had major issues with his back, arm and ankle. At some point the multiple injuries and subsequent surgeries will take a toll on his career.