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How will Pats manage Gronkowski?

Updated: June 18, 2013, 12:16 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski undergoes back surgery Tuesday, giving him an 83-day window between now and the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Bills.

His status, and how New England might manage the roster in his absence, is where this week's Patriots mailbag begins. From there, the team's receiver position receives plenty of attention, as it is one of the more pressing questions facing the club.

It is often said that there is no longer an offseason in the NFL, and that ...

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