Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE on track for Week 3

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Despite forearm and back surgeries in May and June, Rob Gronkowski could return to the field sooner rather than later.

The tight end position for the New England Patriots might not be as disastrous as original thought, as Rob Gronkowski is reportedly on track to return from his forearm and back injuries in mid-September, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

Still on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list that would keep him out of regular season action until at least Week 7, Gronkowski could be off the list soon to free him up for a possible return in Week 3.

While the return date may sound ambitious for a player that underwent forearm and back surgeries in May and June, respectively, the Patriots have actually been doing their best to hold Gronkowski back and allow him time to recover fully, according to Guergian.

A Pro Bowl selection in each the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Gronkowski has 38 career touchdown receptions in three NFL seasons. His breakout 2011 season included setting the touchdown record for tight ends with 17.

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