Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is “likely” to have the fourth surgery on his left forearm performed at some point next week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. As reported last week, this surgery was going to take place no matter what. The exact date, however, has not been determined.

According to the source, there have been no signs of the pesky infection that’s plagued Gronkowski’s recovery process. But doctors won’t know for sure if the infection has truly been cleared until they go in and get surgical cultures, which will be tested during the surgery.

If those come back clear, a new plate will be placed in the broken bone, which is holding the arm in place, and the recovery process begins anew toward the tight end getting back to playing in earnest. If there are still signs of infection, that sets Gronkowski back, and puts him at jeopardy for missing the start of the season, and perhaps more with a fifth surgery likely to follow.

While one report had Dr. Jesse Jupiter performing the upcoming procedure, with noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews serving as a consultant, those details have also yet to be finalized, according to the source. Jupiter performed the second procedure, when Gronkowski suffered the second break.

No legal Love action

Kyle Love’s supporters didn’t believe Type 2 diabetes would prevent another team from taking a chance on the defensive lineman.

They were right. After being released by the Pats, the Jacksonville Jaguars stepped up and claimed Love off waivers yesterday. Love will join former teammate Brandon Deaderick, who was also snagged by the Jags after his release by the Pats.

According to Richard Kopelman, who represents Love, the Pats offered his client two options after learning of the diagnosis. One was to walk away from football for a year, with the team retaining Love’s rights for the possibility of a return. The other was to be released.