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Report: Gronk may now need back surgery

The medical news continues heading in the wrong direction for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Malcolm Butler talks with the media.

Gronk's back.

That's not a positive statement, it's a new problem.

Just hours after we learned the deadline for Rob Gronkowski's expectedfourth surgery on his broken/infected forearm, there's news late Friday afternoon about a possible new procedure on the tight end's back.

This latest medical issue seems to have lingered since last season, according to the report by USA TODAY, and is unrelated to the back injury he sustained in college, though the two are similar.

Gronkowski is having his back inspected to determine if surgery is required to shave down a bulging disc. The tight end reportedly had an MRI already and will see a specialist sometime after next week's forearm procedure.

You may recall that the 6-6, 265-pound Gronkowski had to miss his final season of college football at the University of Arizona, in 2009, due to a disc that required surgery. This new injury is affecting a different disc than that one, however.

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