"If another surgery is required, the estimate for a recovery would be about 10 weeks. Depending on when the surgery can be performed, which would be determined by whether the infection is completely eliminated, Gronkowski's availability for the start of the 2013 season could be affected," the report adds.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com writes that free agent WR
"Unlike the 2009 season finale, when Edelman was tapped to replace the injured Welker, he wasn't the top choice this time around, and he might have to come to grips with that if he does ultimately return," adds Reiss.
"Allen is a smooth outside receiver with good speed and athletic catching ability. He's got the potential to be a true No. 1 wideout, and he is versatile enough to play in the slot, too," notes Howe. "The Patriots surely need an outside threat, and Allen was considered the top wideout in this draft class before struggling through his junior season."
Mary Paoletti of CSNNE.com gives an update on
"It's going pretty good," McCourty said during a community event in Cranston, RI on Monday morning. "Just rehabbing day-by-day and taking it one step at a time. It's a process I'm learning and I'm just going through it and listening to the trainers."
Christopher Price of WEEI.com writes that Patriots TE
"Like the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski, Ballard is more of a physical type who can also offer you some ability as a pass catcher and blocker - a combo that
Ballard was on injured reserve all of last season while he recovered from a knee injury that was suffered in Super Bowl XLVI. He was claimed off waivers from the Giants in June.