I'd just like to point out that an ACL tear takes 12 months in old people, not the young athletes of today. Ten years ago, that might have been true but players are coming back within that time frame.
It might take 18 months before they are back on track, but a lot of that has to do with getting comfortable taking hits to the surgically repaired area.
There is almost no good reason to think Gronk won't play some of 2014. I would be surprised if he's very Gronk like, but he's still on pace to shatter the TE TD record.
I was gone for 2 months doing things I can't talk about. It might happen again, but that's just the nature of what I do and who I am.