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Rob Gronkowski's mother says son is 'dying to play'

Defends son's absences on game days. Aaron Wilson

Print This October 14, 2013, 01:59 PM EST

Rob Gronkowski has had four forearm surgeries and a back operation in the past year.

It's something anyone would want to move on from, especially when your job is playing in the NFL. The only problem is that Gronkowski is still feeling some lingering effects, which has kept him from cracking the lineup through six games.

Gronkowski was not given the go-ahead by Dr. James Andrews this past week, which is why he sat out.

Gronkowski's mother reiterated his desire to suit up for his team.

“All I can say is Robbie is dying to play," Gronkowski's mother, Diane Gronkowski, told the Boston Herald. "He wants to get out there,” she said. “He’s doing what he has to do to get back playing. He doesn’t like it. He wants to play. It really bothers him that he’s not playing.”

For Gronkowski's long-term future, it would be foolish to rush back to the field if he a third-party doctor don't feel he's ready to.

“When [critics] go through four arm surgeries, a back surgery, and a foot surgery in a year and a half, then they can make the comments," Diane Gronkowski said. "After the third [forearm] surgery, Robbie said, ‘I’m never doing this again.’ And weeks later, he’s back in for the fourth one. So he doesn’t want to go back where he was and start all over again. It wasn’t fun. It was so discouraging.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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