Rob Gronkowski won't be having surgery to check on the status of his infection, and ultimately install a new plate in his left forearm just yet. According to one source familiar with the proceedings, the decision for now is to have the Patriots tight end delay the surgery for several more weeks to be sure the infection has completely cleared out, and continue with the course of antibiotics.

''Gonna hold off for a few weeks to make sure infection gone before going back in,'' a source close to the situation said.

Gronkowski, agent Drew Rosenhaus, team officials, both team physicians and outside consultants conferred on what the next step would be, and arrived at staying the course with antibiotics a little while longer.

Gronkowski has been battling an infection discovered during the process of his second surgery to repair the second break of his left forearm. The all-world tight end suffered the initial break during Week 11 of the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts while blocking for an extra point.