by Ross Snow
New England Patriots oft-injured tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent yet another surgery on Tuesday, this time on his ailing back, and while under, opted to have preemptive surgery on his remaining four healthy, unoperated on body parts, just in case.
"While I was out, I figured may as well get the rest done and fixed up," said Gronkowski, still bedridden after the all-day surgeries. "They did my toes, hip, left elbow and I think my knee caps."
The surgeries, while technically unnecessary at this point, strengthened those areas which were most likely next to get injured, based on the tight end's history.
"I feel good for once. I feel unstoppable. I mean, what's left to get injured? Nothing," said the two-time All-Pro. "With all the plates and screws inside me, I'm practically more machine than man," laughed Gronkowski, attempting to do The Robot before writhing in pain.
While doctors aren't certain of Gronkowski's return time, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is optimistic he'll be able to return by the start of the 2013 season.
"Gronk's been an important part of our team the past few years and we're counting on him being there for us," said Belichick. "But if he continues to regress or gets injured late in the season and screws over our playoff chances again, he should start looking for a new job preemptively."