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Patriots TE Gronkowski undergoes back surgery

File- This Nov. 18, 2012 file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski has undergone back surgery, Tuesday June 18, 2013. The operation was performed on Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

File- This Nov. 18, 2012 file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski has undergone back surgery, Tuesday June 18, 2013. The operation was performed on Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent back surgery yesterday.

The operation was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent.

On May 20, Gronkowski had his fourth surgery on the left forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again in the Patriots’ first playoff game, a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans. Rosenhaus said the fourth surgery was expected to be the last on his forearm.

The Patriots open training camp in late July and start the regular season on Sept. 8 at Buffalo.

In 43 NFL games, Gronkowski has scored 39 touchdowns, 38 on passes and one on a run.

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