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Optimistic Signs For Gronk (1:41)

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski underwent a fourth surgery on his forearm, and doctors believe the infection is gone. (1:41)

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss called into “SportsCenter” on Tuesday morning to discuss where we go from here after Ron Gronkowski’s fourth surgery on his forearm.

While it’s a “less than ideal situation,” according to Reiss, there was initial optimism that the infection in the area was cleared up (final results won’t be available for a week or so).

Gronk could also be facing back surgery as well, though a final decision on that won’t be made for 3-4 weeks.

* Best-case scenario: Back surgery won’t be necessary and Gronk will be back in about 10 weeks.

* Worst-case scenario: Doctors find the infection in the forearm has not cleared up and he needs another surgery. Either that, or a potential back surgery, could put him in jeopardy of starting the season on time.